Birmingham forward James McFadden could miss the rest of the season after suffering cruciate ligament damage in training today.
The Scotland striker sustained the injury to his left knee and will see a specialist on Monday with a view to surgery.
A club statement this evening read: 'Birmingham City can confirm that JamesMcFadden sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage to his left knee intraining today.
Out: James McFadden's injury could sideline him for up to six months
'McFadden will see a specialist on Monday with a view to surgery and will beout of action for the foreseeable future.'
A cruciate ligament injury will usually sideline a player for around six months, as has been the case with Manchester United midfielder Anderson.
But depending on the level of damage it can take longer and Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson has already missed the best part of a year and is not expected to return until December.
National absence: McFadden will miss Scotland's Euro 2012 double header against the Czech Republic and Spain in October
McFadden has featured in all four of Blues' Barclays Premier League games sofar this season as well as Scotland's opening two Euro 2012 qualifiers earlierthis month.
But the injury means McFadden will now miss Scotland's crucial Euro 2012 qualifying double header in October, away to the Czech Republic and at home to Spain, from which points are required if they are to stand any realistic hope of qualification.
The former Motherwell and Everton striker's only goal of the season so far came for Birmingham in last month's Carling Cup victory over Rochdale.
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