Newcastle starlet Haris Vuckic has been ruled out for two months after having surgery on his ankle.
The 17-year-old suffered the injury playing for Slovenia Under-19s against England last week and the forward was quickly operated on.
Vuckic has managed to break into the Magpies first-team this term starting once, against Peterborough in the League Cup, and coming off the bench twice.
The youngster was thankful that the injury had not affected his knee as well - as was first feared - and is hopeful that he will be allowed to return to his homeland before his rehabilitation can begin.
"For the next 14 days I'm not allowed to do anything, I just have to rest, rest and again rest," he told Ekipa.
"Doctors told me that I will probably be back on the field in two months time. But thank the Lord nothing is wrong with my knee.
"The tendon is just a little bit stretched so I will have to wear a splint and that is that. In two weeks time I have to go back to London and I hope everything will be okay so I can return to Slovenia and spend some time in my homeland."
Vuckic also rejected claims that he was about to switch national allegiances to Bosnia, with the Bosnians reportedly keen on helping him turn his back on Slovenia.
"As things stand in this moment, I will play for Slovenia," he added.
"I'm a Slovenian national player and things will be the same in the future."