Newcastle United's injury-ravaged season has taken another twist with the news that Damien Duff faces a month on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery.
The Republic of Ireland international winger missed Thursday evening's UEFA Cup victory over Celta Vigo at St James' Park after injuring his knee in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
And after scans revealed damage to his cartilage, the £5million summer signing has gone under the surgeon's knife.
"He had an operation late this afternoon (Thursday). I have not spoken to the surgeon," revealed Magpies boss Glenn Roeder.
"Perhaps I will get a chance later tonight or first thing in the morning and he will tell me what he has done and then give me a clue as to how long he will be out."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Steve Harper will have an operation next week to cure his long-running groin injury.
"Now that Shay Given is back in the swing of things this will allow Steve Harper to have a minor groin operation sooner rather than later, maybe even next week," added Roeder.