Everton forward James McFadden is to undergo surgery on Friday after breaking his foot.
The Scotland international broke the fifth metatarsal of his left foot during a training session on Wednesday, with the injury set to sideline him for the next two months.
Everton physio Mick Rathbone has confirmed that a steel pin is to be inserted into the player's foot, in a bid to pull the bone together.
"James has fractured a bone in his foot," Rathbone told the club's official website.
"He is going to have an operation to have a steel pin down the shaft of the bone to pull it together.
"Normally with that kind of procedure players are out for about eight weeks."
Toffees boss David Moyes admits he is bitterly disappointed to lose his player at such a crucial stage in the season, especially given the manner in which the injury was sustained.
"We are very disappointed for Faddy," said Moyes.
"It's so frustrating. He was playing head tennis with the other boys and it was a completely freak accident.
"He just fell over. It will probably keep him out for between six and eight weeks."