Bolton Wanderers midfielder Sean Davis could be ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a serious knee injury.
Davis damaged the articular cartilage in his right knee during last month's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool but was on the bench for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Stoke City at the Reebok Stadium. However, after consulting the club doctor and physio the 30-year-old decided to operate on the injury.
It means the former Portsmouth player faces several months on the sidelines and a long rehabilitation process.
"We don't want to put an exact timescale on how long Sean will be out of action for because he will be given as long as it takes to regain his full fitness," manager Gary Megson told the club's official website. "It is a disappointment for Sean and ourselves but injuries happen and we have got to deal with it."
Davis was signed by Bolton in the summer on a free transfer from Pompey and played in three of the Trotters' five Premier League games this season.