West Ham defender Matthew Upson has spoken of his empathy for new team-mate Kieron Dyer after the midfielder broke his leg in just his third appearance for the club.
Dyer broke his leg in two places during The Hammers' Carling Cup tie with Bristol Rovers last week after a challenge by Joe Jacobson.
The former Birmingham and Arsenal defender said "It turns your stomach, doesn't it? I think a few of the boys heard the noise, it is not pleasant."
Upson himself has had a fair share of injuries, having missed a large part of last season after being injured in his West Ham debut in February, and the 28-year-old expects Dyer's injury to be a test of discipline.
"You can go into a state of despair sometimes when you look at the length of time - six months or a year out - so it is a case of getting your head together," he said.
"You are in and around the lads with the banter and that does not change. But you don't feel part of the team as you can't play."
Dyer had been hopeful of a successful season for club and country, having earned an England cap earlier in the month. However he now faces the dreadful possibility of missing the rest of the campaign.