Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks after undergoing surgery on a broken finger and bone in his left hand.
The 38-year-old Dutchman sustained the injury saving a penalty from Danijel Pranjic in the Red Devils' 7-6 shoot-out defeat to Bayern Munich in the pre-season Audi Cup in Germany.
Van der Sar is not expected to be back in Sir Alex Ferguson's plans until late September, meaning the Scot will have to turn to either Ben Foster or Tomasz Kuszczak between the posts for the start of the new season.
Van der Sar has been a key figure in United's magnificent recent success after signing in 2005.
United won their third consecutive Premier League title last season, and the Dutch goalkeeper helped the champions to an unforgettable European Cup triumph against Chelsea in Moscow last year.