Newport County midfielder Robbie Willmott will be out of action for up to five months because of a foot injury.
The 24-year-old suffered the injury in last Saturday's 3-1 win over York City in League Two.
A scan revealed the extent of the injury and Willmott is to have an operation.
"Injury worse than first thought, out for 5 months" he tweeted.
County managr Justin Edinburgh said: "It's a huge blow for the football club and Robbie himself,
"He was in excellent form but that's football
"He's got to concentrate on the operation in about a week to 10 days' time once the swelling's gone down."
Willmott joined from Cambridge United in 2013 and signed a 18-month contract with County in January 2014.