Stoke defender Carl Dickinson could be out for the rest of the season due to a double tear in his knee sustained while on loan at Barnsley.
The 22-year-old full-back limped off during the Tykes' 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace earlier this month after suffering a torn cartilage and ligament.
Dickinson must now wait on news of the injury before any estimation of his time out can be confirmed.
"I've had an injection in the knee and we're waiting to see if that settles down," Dickinson told Why Delilah.
"I'm seeing the specialist shortly and he's going to have a look inside the knee to see how bad the damage is.
"Touch wood, there'll be nothing serious and I'll be playing again before the end of the season.
"But whatever happens, I'll have to make sure the knee is totally right before I do play again because I don't want to rush it and end up with more problems."
Mark Robins has made Dickinson a regular in his line-up since he moved north last September, with the defender notching up 27 appearances.
Dickinson and Stoke team-mate Ryan Shotton have both made successful contributions to the Barnsley defence, with the Yorkshire club sitting mid-table.
"It's been brilliant for me to be playing football every week," said Dickinson.
"The league is that tight that if you lose a couple of games you are in a relegation fight, but if you win a couple you are up near the play-offs.
"We just need a bit of consistency to push for those play-offs and we certainly haven't given up on them yet."
Dickinson and Shotton are set to return to Stoke at the end of the season, but could be looking at a move back on loan at some point next season.
"I haven't a clue what the future holds," added Dickinson.
"I've got two years left on my contract after this season, so I will just keep my head down, come back as fit as I can at the start of next season and then see where it takes me."