Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies was ruled out for up to three months with after undergoing surgery on an injured collarbone yesterday.
Davies will miss the hectic Christmas period after suffering the injury during Wanderers 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder scored the Trotters first at the weekend and went on to complete the game, but a scan has since shown the injury required surgery.
The 24-year-old was attracting interest from Premier League club Swansea City during the summer and his rich vein of form this season reignited rumours of a move to Wales.
Davies has scored three goals in his last five matches, but the injury means he is likely to be side-lined until the January transfer window is over.
The former England under 19 international had been an almost ever present under new boss Dougie Freedman, only missing the win at Blackburn Rovers through suspension.
Freedman has other options to call upon in midfield and, ahead of the visit of Charlton Athletic on Saturday, is boosted by the extension of Jacob Butterfield’s loan spell from Norwich City.
But the influential Davies has been one of Wanderers top performers this season and his absence is a huge blow for Freedman’s side over the busy festive schedule.