QPR's Kieron Dyer looks set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines after manager Neil Warnock revealed he had suffered a serious injury.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who joined QPR in the summer, has been plagued by injuries throughout his career.
He lasted only six minutes of his Hoops debut in August because of an ankle problem, which was initially expected to be only a short-term concern.
But he has suffered a relapse as well as picking up a fresh ligament injury.
"It's not looking good for Kieron and it looks as if he will need a lengthy rehab," Warnock told the Fulham Chronicle.
"There seems to be a new ligament problem at the front of his foot, and he has been in a lot of pain.
"I feel for the lad, especially after the training and effort he's made to get back."
Dyer managed only 35 appearances during his four seasons with West Ham after breaking his leg and also struggling with a hamstring problem.
Prior to that, injuries also affected his time at Newcastle, when hamstring trouble kept him sidelined for the first part of the 2005-06 season.
He suffered another cruel blow early in his debut for QPR, whom he joined for free on a one-year deal in July, when he fell awkwardly after going into a tackle.
Scans showed there had been no break and it was initially hoped he would return to action in days.
That has not proven the case, but Warnock is adamant he will not give up hope on the former England midfielder.
"There has been talk we should maybe think of finding Kieron another club at Christmas, bearing in mind we have a number of new players," said Warnock.
"But I would like to keep him until the end of the season - he deserves that at least."