Stoke City have confirmed that Mamady Sidibe's Premier League season has come to an abrupt halt after only two games as the striker has suffered a snapped Achilles tendon.
Sidibe sustained the injury in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham and the club confirmed on Monday that he is undergoing surgery in London.
The serious injury - similar to that suffered by David Beckham when playing for AC Milan in March - means that Sidibe will not be available for the remainder of the Premier League season.
"The 30-year-old Malian international was having an operation in London on the damaged Achilles which he suffered just minutes after being introduced as a second-half substitute in the Barclays Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur," read a club statement. "The injury will sideline Sidibe for the rest of the season."
Confirmation of Sidibe's blow means Tony Pulis is likely to redouble his efforts to sign a striker in the final eight days of the transfer window.
However, the Stoke boss has denied that Tottenham striker Peter Crouch is a realistic target given his likely wage demands and transfer fee.