Cesc Fabregas fears his season has been ended by a broken leg picked up during Arsenal's Champions League quarter-final clash with Barcelona.
The Gunners skipper left the Emirates Stadium on crutches following Wednesday's 2-2 first-leg draw in which he drew his side level with a late penalty.
Fabregas converted the spot-kick despite being injured in an 85th minute tangle in the box with Barca captain Carles Puyol and was clearly in pain during the final few minutes of the match.
Ironically, a yellow card picked up in the 44th minute at the Emirates Stadium means he would have missed the return leg at the Camp Nou next week through suspension.
But despite that personal disappointment of missing the return to his boyhood club, Fabregas fears he may be set for an even longer spell on the sidelines.
"I am not good," he said. "We have to wait (for the scans), but I hope I can wear the Arsenal shirt again this season.
"I fear the worst, which is that I have broken something.
"I do not think it is going to be good news, but still I hope there will be.
"When I took the penalty, I was quite strong, but after when I went to get the ball, I could not walk any more.
"It is the fibula. I think I put my leg between Puyol's when I was fouled and kicked it."