Plymouth Argyle manager Ian Holloway paid tribute to Paul Wotton after his skipper was stretchered off with medial and cruciate liagament damage during Saturday's 1-0 home win over managerless Hull.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gave Argyle all three points with a goal midway through the second half, but Wotton's injury, caused when he landed awkwardly, cast a cloud over the three points that took the Pilgrims back into the Coca-Cola Championship top ten.
"He is one hell of a man and to get an injury like that is not good news," Holloway said.
"He is an absolutely integral part of what we do here and he always keeps going.
"He is one of the best players I have ever worked with in my life and that includes the ones I have played with. I am putting him up there with all of them.
"I am hoping someone else can step into the void, and it is one hell of a void, because he is our talker and our organiser.
"I don't think he has ever played better than he has been recently."