Roman Bednar's season may have reached a premature conclusion, with the Blackpool striker having suffered knee ligament damage.
Scans have revealed that the injury is as serious as first feared, but the full extent of the problem is not yet known due to substantial bruising.
There is still an outside chance that he could figure again this season, but with only seven games of the campaign remaining the clock is ticking.
The burly Czech has made just nine appearances for the Seasiders since penning a short-term deal in January and may be denied further opportunities to impress.
He admits things have not gone entirely to plan for him at Bloomfield Road, but the former Hearts and West Brom forward is refusing to give up on his efforts to earn an extended stay.
"It has been stop-start since I came here and that is annoying because I am really enjoying my time at the club," Bednar told the Blackpool Gazette.
"I like the lads here and get on well with the gaffer, and all I want to do is play for the team and try to get the club promoted. The supporters are amazing and the atmosphere at home games is terrific.
"It was great to get that first goal (against Leicester) but the injury just ruined the night.
"I can only hope that it turns out not to be too serious and that I can come back before the end of the season."