Derby County star Miles Addison has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.
It has been discovered the versatile performer sustained a stress fracture in his foot during last month's win over Blackpool.
Rams boss Nigel Clough admitted it was a blow to lose Addison, but is hopeful he will be fit in time for pre-season training next summer.
"He should be fit for pre-season training so we'll get on without him," said Clough.
"The main thing is he gets it right for July - especially at his age - for his future and our future."