Stoke City have confirmed that Rory Delap is to have surgery on his broken leg.
The loanee suffered a double broke on Tuesday, ironically against his parent club Sunderland when Robbie Elliott challenged him after 12 minutes.
The Irish international had just joined Stoke on a three-month loan from The Black Cats but he now seems destined to be sidelined for a lengthy spell.
However, Stoke boss Tony Pulis insisted his club would be doing everything for Delap.
"He'll be operated on and we will make sure we get the best surgeon for the kid," said Pulis following Stoke's 2-1 success.
"The performance was smashing and we did some great things, but my thoughts and the thoughts of all the players are with Rory and the disappointment of that incident.
"Elliott is a seasoned pro and he knows Rory as well as anyone. The last thing I'm sure he'd want to do is break his leg.
"The incident dampened us down a bit and after making a good start we've gone a goal down but it was nice to get back into the game with a couple of good goals.
"One or two were feeling a bit sorry for themselves at half time and when you go over and see his leg it makes you pig sick.
"It just took the steam out of us but there was a game to win and the way the players responded after half time was top drawer."
Sunderland boss Roy Keane added: It's shocking for any player to suffer an injury like that.
"Myself, the staff and the players wish him the best, please God he'll be okay.
As soon as it happened we knew Rory was in trouble, it was just an accident.
"He'll be back and I hope the operation goes well for him."
Elliott added his sympathy to Delap's cause.
"I knew what happened and how serious it was straight away and I was sick to the stomach," said Elliott.
"You don't like to see that happen to any player, but when it happens to a friend it makes it even worse."