Bristol Rovers defender Chris Lines admits he will have to get used to wearing an ear plug after being told it could be two months before his perforated eardrum heals.
Lines played the 90 minutes of Rovers' 2-0 defeat at Tranmere on Saturday with the injury, but revealed it was hard work trying to play with one ear covered.
"The specialist told me I had to cover my ear up during the game so I put an ear plug in," Lines told the Evening Post.
"But it was hard work and I must admit I chucked it away halfway through - so he won't be very happy with me.
"But when I had it in I couldn't hear anything at all in my right ear. Obviously your ears affect your balance, but I suppose I'm going to have to get used to it because the specialist said the problem is going to be with me for the next six weeks or maybe two months, and that's a lot of games.
"I'm just going to have to try and get used to wearing it in training and then it won't be such a problem in matches. If we can get back to winning ways then it won't be a problem at all."