Hull City have been dealt an injury blow with the news Daniel Cousin faces around two weeks on the sidelines.
The powerful front-man has suffered a meniscus tear in his knee that will require a minor operation.
Cousin had hoped to play through the pain barrier and delay going under the knife until the summer but this plan has been vetoed by the club.
The Frenchman's unavailability leaves Tigers boss Phil Brown somewhat short of strikers, with Dean Windass out on loan at Oldham and Marlon King having left the KC Stadium for Middlesbrough.
Earlier in the season Cousin's team-mate Bernard Mendy suffered a similar injury and made a return within a couple of weeks.
Brown said: "Daniel needs a minor operation. It was first assessed on Monday and Daniel was quite adamant that he didn't need one.
"But he has understood that we have top-class medical people at the club and he now needs an operation.
"We may have wasted two or three days but he is going in tomorrow.
"I don't know how long he will be out for but we have a history at this football club of getting (players with) meniscus back on the training ground after 10 days."