Ajax captain Klaas Jan Huntelaar has spoken of his dismay at being ruled out for six weeks with a torn ankle tendon but vowed not to rush back into action before he is ready.
The 25-year-old Holland striker opened the scoring in his side's 5-2 Eredivisie victory over Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday but then turned his ankle in the 36th minute with the score at 2-0 and was taken off immediately.
Huntelaar will decide in the next few days whether to undergo an operation or let the ankle heal with rest.
"I will ask people for advice on this, and then we will go for the most sensible solution," he said. "I don't like the fact that I can't play - some beautiful games are under way."
Either way, the Oranje frontman insists he will not try to return to action before he is fully fit.
"Of course I want to return as soon as possible," he said. "But I won't do irresponsible things. My health is most important."
This will be the first lengthy spell Huntelaar has had on the sidelines in his career and he admits he is stepping into the unknown.
"This is the first time in my career that I have been out injured for several weeks," said Huntelaar, who in the last five years has missed only three Eredivisie games and two international matches through injury.
"Because it's new, I have no idea what to expect. I had an ankle injury once at Heerenveen. Then I was able to start playing again after a week of being on ice. This will be a totally different thing."