Dundee United striker Milos Lacny has been hit by the news that he faces cruciate ligament surgery after suffering the injury in training last week.
The Slovakian striker, who joined the Tangerines on a year-long loan from Sparta Prague in January, has made six appearances, scoring once.
But after being ruled out until Christmas, Lacny's time at Tannadice looks to have come to an abrupt end, much to the player's and boss Peter Houston's disappointment.
Lacny's agent, Paul Atkin, told the Daily Record: "Milos is gutted because he'd been enjoying his time at Tannadice and was looking forward to making an impact.
"However, the surgeon said he wouldn't be able to play at the highest level again unless he has an operation this weekend.
"Milos has been told it will take until Christmas before he's ready to become involved again and his loan deal runs out at the start of January."