Crawley Town midfielder Jimmy Smith could be out of action for ten weeks after the club confirmed he broke his foot during the 3-0 defeat at Portsmouth.
Smith played through the pain barrier on until half-time after suffering the injury early in the gamne.
Physio Paul Wilson said: “Jimmy has broken a bone on the side of his foot. He will be in a protective cast for six weeks so it will be eight to ten weeks before he is fit again.”
Jimmy has been a virtual ever present this season with 29 League and cup appearances.
Manager Mark Yates said: “Losing Jimmy is a blow because he has been one of our most important players.
But his absence will give others who have been waiting patiently for an opportunity and it’s up to them to take it.”
Josh Yorwerth came off during the first half with a hamstring injury which is being assessed by Paul and the medical team this week.
Striker Lee Barnard is back in training after missing the Portsmouth game with bruised ribs.
Defender Lanre Oyebanjo is also getting closer to being fit to play, having so far been out of the team all season recovering from a knee operation last summer.
Paul added: “Lanre is fit and all he needs now is to build up his match fitness which is good news.”
Joe McNerney is having a scan on his knee this week after which an assessment can be made on his likely return to action.
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