Luton Town midfielder Richard Langley is likely to miss most of the season with a knee injury.
Langley suffered the problem during a pre-season friendly against Rushden & Diamonds and scans have shown damage to his cruciate ligament.
He is expected to sit out the majority of the campaign, with Luton boss Kevin Blackwell confirming the setback.
"Langley's going to have to have an operation as he's done his cruciate ligaments," Blackwell told Luton Today.
"I don't think we're going to be seeing him again this side of Easter.
"It's a blow for Richard because I know he was keen to impress this season."
Langley made 32 appearances for The Hatters last term after joining the club on a free transfer from Queens Park Rangers.