Southend United midfielder Michael Timlin has been ruled out of action for around three months following an elbow injury.
Timlin dislocated his elbow in a pre-season friendly against Tottenham and manager Phil Brown confirmed the player faces a prolonged period on the sidelines.
Brown said on the club's official Twitter account: "Michael Timlin saw a specialist (on Thursday) and is likely to miss three months. It's a big blow for us and the player himself.
"Tims fought back from his serious injury last time superbly well and I am sure he'll do the same again this time around."