Blackburn have suffered a blow with the news that David Dunn faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury.
Dunn has been missing since the draw with Hull on 23rd of August with the Achilles problem.
Scans have shown that the injury is serious and could sideline the midfield schemer for up to four months.
The news will come as a blow to Dunn who had started the season in fine style after seeing the last 12 months blighted by a series of niggles.
Dunn's injury comes at a bad time for Rovers as Paul Ince looks to get his side back on track after two heavy defeats to West Ham and Arsenal.
"We gave him an injection a couple of weeks ago, hoping that would do the trick, but he's not getting there so we've no option but to put him under the knife," said Ince.
"It's a massive blow to us, and especially for the lad because he has been fantastic on and off the field.
"I gave him the responsibility of being vice-captain, which he took on board and he has been bubbly since I gave him that role.
"When you think about him, he is 28 now, but three or four years ago he would have been worth £15million or £16million.
"That's the type of player we're losing. It's a kick in the ribs, but we're going to have to get on with it.
"He is obviously devastated, which I can totally understand because he has been playing well.
"He is a unique player in what he does. There are not many of his like around.
"He is a special case, and that's why it's so disappointing to lose him."