Fulham striker Bobby Zamora is facing at least four months out after breaking his leg in Saturday's Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Zamora, who signed a new four-year contract with the Cottagers on Friday, was brought down by a hard challenge from Karl Henry and although the Wolves skipper won the ball, Zamora's right ankle was trapped in the tackle and his leg buckled awkwardly.
The break was just above the player's ankle, meaning a long recovery period.
The striker bagged eight Premier League goals last season but scored another three in the FA Cup and three in the Europa League as Fulham lost to Atletico Madrid in the final. He earned his England debut last month in the international friendly against Hungary at Wembley.
Fulham manager Mark Hughes revealed that he could be out for longer if surgery reveals further damage.
"If the injury is as we think it is, it's likely to be four months,'' he said. "If the surgeon goes in tomorrow and finds other damage rather than just the break, which is four centimetres above his ankle, it will be even longer than that.
"The four months looks like a minimum.
"Bobby had got to a point where he was playing at a high level and producing week-in, week-out. Bobby would be honest enough to admit he hasn't been able to maintain that level of performance over long periods during his career.
"But he's reached that point so to be taken out of top level football for four months is a real disappointment for him and us. I've spoken to him already and he seems to be in good spirits.''