Plymouth Argyle's worst fears have been confirmed with the news that skipper Paul Wotton won't play again this season.
The 29-year-old picked up a serious knee injury in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Hull City and scans have confirmed the worst.
"The clinical diagnosis is that Paul has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament," Pilgrims club doctor Paul Giles told the Plymouth Evening Herald.
"He has also got some tenderness down the inside of his knee and while it's possible he may have ruptured his medial collateral ligament, we think it's more likely to be a partial tear.
"I would say an average time scale for a straightforward ACL is probably in the region of nine months.
"Some people have been back within six months, but that is an exception.
"Michael Owen did his in June and he's just doing some light training now. That's six months on from when he did it and it could be another three months for rehabilitation."