Southampton defender Jeremy Pied has confirmed he needs an operation on a knee ligament injury.
The 27-year-old full-back has played just 11 minutes as a substitute since joining Saints from Nice this summer.
Pied faces an extended spell on the sidelines after revealing on Twitter the extent of the damage.
He wrote: “I can confirm the bad news for my knee – I need an operation.
“It’s hard to digest but it’s a trial to overcome. I’m determined to give all my energy to come back as soon as possible on the pitch.”
Pied’s injury could cast doubt over the future of fellow Southampton full-back Cuco Martina.
The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Everton to be reunited with former Saints boss Ronald Koeman, but may now be required to stay at St Mary’s.