Cardiff City defender Matthew Connolly will be out of contention for between six to seven weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.
It's a further blow to the full-back, who has not started a match since the League Cup defeat at West Ham on September 23. His last Premier League involvement was as an unused substitute in the defeat at Crystal Palace in early December.
The 26-year-old has become a peripheral figure since the summer signing of Kevin Theophile-Catherine from Rennes. Connolly had been hoping to make an impression under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and surgery will clearly delay that chance.
The Cardiff City boss, speaking ahead of tonight's Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford, said: "He has had an operation and he will be about another six to seven weeks, I reckon.
"He's been on crutches ever since I came but the last week he has been starting some rehab."
City, who drew 2-2 against United in Cardiff earlier in the campaign, are looking for a first league win over their opponents since November 1960 when they beat United 3-0 in the old First Division at Ninian Park.
For Solskjaer, the match marks his return to the club where he won six Premier League titles and coached the reserves for two-and-a-half years.