Huddersfield Town midfielder Danny Williams will miss the rest of the Premier League campaign after suffering an injury in training.
The 29-year-old went down in training on Wednesday and subsequent scans have now shown he has a fracture to a distal fibula.
Williams will undergo surgery on Friday before starting his rehabilitation, with his absence opening the door for other players to step up to the plate.
The American has played a crucial role for the club this season, making 20 appearances to help the Terriers move up to 15th in the league table.
But boss David Wagner’s preparations have now taken a blow ahead of the clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The German told the club’s official website: “We are all disappointed that Danny has suffered this injury and now we offer him our full support as he begins his recovery.
“He’s adapted well to football in the Premier League and has been in some great form for us recently.
“He’s a big character in the dressing room, too, and I have no doubt that he will be determined to come back fitter and stronger than before.
“In his absence, we will do everything we can to make sure Danny is back playing Premier League football with Huddersfield Town next season.”
Wagner is set to give another injury update on his squad on Friday as they enter a crucial run of fixtures. After the meeting with Palace, the Terriers take on Newcastle United, Brighton, Watford and then Chelsea.