Nancy have been rocked by the news that star striker Djamel Bakar will be sidelined until the New Year.
The 21-year-old has been in decent form this season and his absence from the forward line will come as a major blow to coach Pablo Correa.
He has been nursing a hamstring problem for a few weeks and the injury has finally got the better of him.
The former France U21 international has tried to play through the pain, but it has been decided that he needs a period of rest in which to make a full recovery.
It is unclear precisely how long Bakar will be out for, but he is not expected to play again in 2010.
The mid-season winter break will come at a good time for him, ensuring he does not miss too many games, but he will be unable to help Nancy in their quest to pull clear of trouble over the coming weeks.