Norwich City midfielder Sammy Clingan will be out of action for at least a month after picking up a shoulder injury while on international duty.
The 24-year-old former Nottingham Forest star sustained the problem during Northern Ireland's goalless draw against Czech Republic on Wednesday.
Canaries boss Glenn Roeder confirmed the bad news, saying: "We can't put a definite time on how long he's going to be out, but I'd say in excess of a month.
"He's injured the joint in his shoulder. An X-ray revealed the extent of the damage and we'll start his recovery from now on.
"There's no bone damage, it's all ligament and joint damage, and if he was to play within a month we'd be incredibly lucky. The bottom line is he's ended up with a shoulder injury and if he'd been at home with us it wouldn't have happened.
"There's nothing you can do about it. FIFA are the ruling body and you get sanctioned if you don't let your players go.
"I'm at the stage now where I feel like trying to stop them going but I know it's like King Canute trying to stop the tide coming in, you can't do anything about it, they have to go."