Doncaster Rovers full-back Tommy Spurr will sit out the rest of the club's battle to avoid relegation from the Championship due to a broken hand.
Spurr featured in Tuesday's home defeat by fellow strugglers Millwall, but now requires an operation to repair broken bones in his hand.
Rovers had been hoping the left-back would be able to play on until the end of the campaign, but manager Dean Saunders has confirmed Spurr will be out for six weeks.
"Tommy's out for the season - six weeks. He's having an operation on his hand," said Saunders.
Saunders does have cover after re-signing Herita Ilunga following his release by West Ham earlier this month while George Friend has returned to training following a knee ligament problem.
"I've got Ilunga," added Saunders. "That's why I signed Ilunga because Tommy got carried off at Forest with his hip problem.
"That seems to be all right but I had to make sure we were covered there because George was injured as well. George will be fit in a week."