Tottenham Hotspur captain Ledley King is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after tearing his hamstring during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.
The injury-plagued defender limped off in the first half at White Hart Lane and afterwards manager Harry Redknapp admitted the prognosis was not good.
King has featured in just 13 of Spurs' 22 Premier League games this season as he continues to battle chronic knee problems.
Redknapp's problems were also compounded by injuries to Aaron Lennon, Vedran Corluka and Roman Pavlyuchenko during the same game.
"Ledley King has a torn hamstring and is going to be out long term," said Redknapp.
"At half-time it was like the walking wounded. We showed great character."
Redknapp also revealed that Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes remains troubled by a groin problem but is continuing to play.
"The goalkeeper was struggling from the start, but I had to play him because he's the best I have got," he added.