England striker Bobby Zamora will be out for five months, Fulham manager Mark Hughes has confirmed.
Zamora underwent surgery on Sunday to correct the broken fibula sustained in last weekend's 2-1 victory over Wolves, but additional ankle ligament damage was also discovered.
It was initially thought the 29-year-old would be sidelined for three months, but he must now wait until February at the earliest for his return.
Hughes said: "Bobby's had his operation. He will now be in bed with his leg elevated for two weeks.
"The operation showed ligament damage so we're probably now looking at five months.
"We want to help Bobby get back quickly and there are no concerns over his ability to get back to the level he was before he got injured."