Queens Park Rangers midfielder Simon Walton has undergone surgery to repair the damage to his broken left leg.
The summer signing was injured in a pre-season clash with Fulham and the 19-year-old former Leeds United and Charlton Athletic star now faces a lengthy recuperation.
A short statement on the club's official website read: "Simon has a transverse fracture of his left fibula and it was decided to fix the fracture with a plate and two pins to optimize the healing position of the fracture.
"He will have a short time in plaster and then be placed in a boot so that the rehabilitation process can commence."
Boss John Gregory had earlier said: "You wouldn't wish it on anybody, especially Simon, who has been a shining light since he arrived here.
"But knowing Simon as I do, I'm convinced he'll come back bigger, better and stronger."