Blackburn Rovers have been rocked by the news that midfielder Steven Reid will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Reid, 27, has been out of action for four weeks and has now been told he requires surgery which will rule him out for up to seven months.
The Republic of Ireland international is no stranger to lengthy injury absences, having missed the entire 2006-07 season with serious knee and back problems.
Meanwhile, fit-again goalkeeper Paul Robinson is predicting a difficult afternoon when Rovers travel to Bolton Wanderers for a local derby on Saturday.
The England keeper has been passed fit after missing the last two games with a calf strain.
"It isn't an easy place to go, I remember getting relegated there with Leeds a few years ago," he told the club's official website.
"It is a local derby as well and it will be a tough game, but it is one that we'll definitely be looking to win.
"You can spend a lot of the time training ground wasting time worrying about the opponents and stopping what they can do to you, rather than what you can actually do to them.
"I think we have to focus on our qualities and our force going forward and what we can achieve against them."