Manchester United have been handed a major injury blow with the news that Paul Scholes won't play again until the end of January after scans confirmed knee ligament damage.
Scholes, 32, injured his knee during training ahead of United's Champions League clash with Dynamo Kyiv last week.
The former England international has been told he suffered knee ligament damage and requires around three months on the sidelines.
"We can confirm that Paul Scholes has suffered a knee ligament injury," a United spokesman told the club's official website.
"He will undergo an operation on Thursday and will be out for approximately 12 weeks."
Scholes' absence was eased with the return of fellow central midfielder Owen Hargreaves during Saturday's 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough.
However, Michael Carrick is expected to be absent until late November after fracturing his right elbow at the beginning of the month.