Birmingham City have suffered a blow with the news that skipper Stephen Carr faces at least six months out of action.
Carr has undergone surgery after his knee began to swell up in training this week.
The news is a major blow as the experienced defender was on the verge of first-team comeback after shaking off a thigh problem.
Blues boss Lee Clark confirmed the 36-year-old had gone under the knife ruling him out until March at the earliest.
"Monday and Tuesday he was training really well prior to the Peterborough United game and we had pencilled him in to play, and he was really positive," Clark told the Birmingham Mail.
"Prior to the game he felt a little problem in the knee so we ruled him out.
"And over the course of the next few days it became really swollen, so we got him down to London for an appointment with the specialist who worked with him last season who went inside the knee and found quite a bit of damage.
"It's a bit more of the cartilage and other parts of the knee because obviously the more times you go and operate the weaker it becomes.
"It's horrific news. It's huge blow for the club, but more importantly for the lad himself. He's going to be out for a minimum of six months."