Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray has returned home after undergoing a successful knee operation - but could potentially be facing as long as nine months rehabilitation.
Murray, the Championship's top scorer this season with 30 goals, was carried off on a stretcher during the first leg of Palace's play-off semi-final success against his old club Brighton nursing a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
Murray will miss Palace's play-off final against Watford although he will travel to Wembley with his team-mates next Monday, with the frontman now facing at least six months on the sidelines although it could be longer.
Crystal Palace's head physio Alex Manos told the club's official website: "It was a successful operation - it all went well and according to plan. It was pretty much routine in terms of what we'd seen on his scan and what we ended up doing. He spent a couple of nights in hospital afterwards, but he's now back at home and doing well."
He said: "It's difficult to tell an exact timeframe because different people recover in different ways, but with this type of injury, the severity of the injury, you are looking at upwards of six months.
"The best-case scenario could be six months, but it could take up to nine, or even longer, it just depends on whether there are any complications during his rehab and how well he progresses with that.
"It's impossible to target a date at this stage and it wouldn't really be very beneficial to either the player or the staff here. If you make the date, it doesn't really matter, but if you miss it you are often deemed as having not been successful. I know it's a bit clich?d, but you really do have to take it week-by-week and assess how he's going."