Everton will lose the services of the Premier League's most in-form striker after Louis Saha was ruled out for a fortnight.
Saha has scored nine goals in six matches, including four against Blackpool in the Premier League, but it is believed he has suffered a hamstring injury in training this week to rob David Moyes of his French striker.
The Scottish boss was blunt in his press conference though, saying: ''Injuries happen, though, don't they? You just have to get on with it. I'd rather talk about the players that are fit.''
The news follows confirmation that midfielder Jack Rodwell will be out for a month after injuring a groin while playing for England U21s in midweek.
Both players had been hitting top form for the club but have now been struck by the injury curses that have dogged their careers.
Saha's importance to the Toffees has been undoubted when fit and firing, but, as at Manchester United, those spells have been somewhat rare to provide frustration to a manager in charge of a small squad; Moyes' hopes this season have been hit by a litany of injuries to key players.