Bolton Wanderers' injury problems mounted today after it was confirmed defender Sam Ricketts will miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle's defensive options had already been limited after centre-half Zat Knight was ruled out for four to six weeks with an ankle ligament injury.
Wales international Ricketts is expected to be sidelined for six months and is due to undergo an operation after sustaining the injury in this week's FA Cup replay win at Wigan Athletic.
"The likelihood is that he will be missing for about six months, which is a big blow for Sam first and foremost," Coyle said. "He has been outstanding for us and our immediate thoughts go to him as we wish for a speedy recovery.
"It was very innocuous in terms that he sustained the injury by tracking the winger. He has put his foot down and stumbled so it is very unfortunate.
"With the speed that the game is now played then these type of injuries can occur. Sam will get all the help from the club that he requires, but we will now have to get on with everything."
Bolton travel to Fulham on Sunday for their fifth round FA Cup tie.