Yeovil striker Dean Bowditch faces up to four months on the sidelines through injury.
Bowditch suffered a shoulder injury in last weekend's win over Tranmere and it was feared the injury was serious.
Yeovil's worst fears have been confirmed with Bowditch now facing surgery on the problem.
The former Ipswich man was disappointed with the injury after only joining the club earlier this summer.
"Naturally I'm very disappointed," Bowditch told the club's official website.
"I just want to get the operation over with and get on with getting fit again and playing for Yeovil."