Fulham's England striker Bobby Zamora is facing at least four months out of action after suffering a serious leg injury in the 2-1 win over Wolves at Craven Cottage.
Zamora damaged his right leg in a challenge with Karl Henry just before the half-hour mark and had to be stretchered from the field after receiving oxygen.
Cottagers boss Mark Hughes later confirmed: "If the injury is as we think it is, it's likely to be four months.
"If the surgeon goes in tomorrow and finds other damage rather than just the break, which is four centimetres above his ankle, it will be even longer than that. The four months looks like a minimum.
"It's a shame but I don't really lay the blame on the player (Henry). It's one of those.
"There's always a danger if you get tackled from the side or from behind that players' legs can get trapped.
"I don't think there was any intent to hurt Bobby. You don't expect the circumstances of the injury to be the result of a challenge like that, but it can happen."