Bolton Wanderers have been rocked by the news that Jlloyd Samuel faces six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
The former Aston Villa defender picked up the injury in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Birmingham City and a scan confirmed a torn left hamstring.
Ricardo Gardner is expected to replace Samuel for Thursday's UEFA Cup tie against FK Rabotnicki.
Meanwhile, Andy O'Brien does not think Sammy Lee's side will remain in the relegation zone for long.
Wanderers have lost five of their first six matches and Derby County's 1-0 win against Newcastle United on Monday left Lee's side at the foot of the Premier League table.
However, the former Portsmouth defender told Bolton's official website: "We're not going to get carried away with the fact that we haven't won as many games as we'd like.
"Manchester United didn't have very good start. We have to be patient. It's about the whole season and it's how you cope with disappointments."