Auxerre have been rocked by the news that club captain Benoit Pedretti could be sidelined for up to a month.
The midfielder picked up a thigh problem in the midweek UEFA Champions League defeat to Real Madrid and looks set to be out of action for a prolonged period of time.
The 30-year-old is guaranteed to miss Saturday's home date with high-flying Marseille, but a definitive timescale for his recovery is yet to be set.
It is hoped that the problem will not be as bad as first feared, allowing him to return in the coming weeks, but AJA are not holding out much hope.
Reports suggest Pedretti has sprained a muscle and such an injury will take at least four weeks to heal properly.
If that proves to be the case, it is unlikely that he will figure again until Ligue 1 action resumes in January after the winter break.
Auxerre must be wondering what they have done to deserve such wretched luck on the injury front this season, with a number of their key man having missed large chunks of the campaign.
The loss of Pedretti has added to those woes and the club now face an uphill struggle if they are to replicate their achievements of last season and secure a Champions League spot.