Cardiff City striker Nicky Maynard is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.
The 25-year-old suffered the injury during the Bluebirds' 2-0 win against Millwall in the Championship on Tuesday.
Maynard was stretchered off during the second half of the match and subsequent scans have revealed that he has torn an anterior cruciate ligament that will require surgery.
"He will remain under the care of a local orthopaedic specialist and the Cardiff City medical team, working through a substantial rehabilitation programme with the goal of returning to first-team action when possible," said City's head of performance Richard Collinge on the club's official website.
"Instances such as this can see varied recovery times and we will do everything to support and guide Nicky through the rehabilitation process.
"The player has the backing of all of us at the club and we all wish him a speedy recovery, coming back stronger than ever."
Maynard joined City from West Ham United during the summer transfer window and has made three appearances without scoring.