St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin admits the club will miss playmaker Paul McGowan as he recuperates from his recent operation.
Former Celtic man McGowan is set to miss the next 12 weeks after surgery to fix a troublesome shoulder injury.
"There is no doubt we will miss Paul as he is a quality player," Goodwin told the Paisley Daily Express.
"He has been terrific for this team. Since I came to the club, he has been our main man. I'm sure none of the other boys will mind me saying that he is key to what we do here.
"From my own point of view, he's great as he always wants the ball. I just want to break things up and then give the ball to guys like Paul and Kenny McLean to go and create.
Goodwin is convinced the squad is strong enough to cope in McGowan's absence, adding: "Graham Carey has come inside a bit since Paul went out of the team and he's done well.
"We've also got Kenny in midfield and Jon Robertson is chomping at the bit, waiting for his chance, so we are well covered in that area."