Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has revealed that goalkeeper Craig Gordon is "devastated" to be facing three months on the sidelines with a broken arm.
The £10million Scotland keeper has suffered a succession of injury problems since joining the Black Cats from Hearts in August 2007.
His latest setback came after breaking his arm in a challenge with Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe in a Premier League game two weeks ago.
"I was absolutely delighted with his form. He was starting to look like the goalkeeper we paid all that money for," said Bruce.
"Of course he's upset, he's got a broken arm. He's had an operation to have a plate inserted and he's in plaster.
"To have him out for three months is a big blow, for sure.
"He is devastated with what happened but he will get over it."
Earlier in the week, Defoe issued an apology to Gordon after claiming the collision which the Cats keeper said had been "avoidable" was not deliberate.