Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has broken two metatarsal bones in his foot and will be out of action for at least six weeks.
Robben had an MRI scan on the injury, and the diiagnosis confirmed his worst fears.
“Six weeks is the average time to heal this injury and then I need a few more weeks to be completely fit again,” he told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
“I had a feeling it was serious but because of the swelling it was impossible to make a final diagnosis.”
Robben, who has been one of Chelsea’s most impressive performers this season, missed the first three months of the season with a similar injury.
“It felt different then last summer when I had the same injury on my other foot,” he added.
“Then I could walk already after three days but I stayed sidelined for a long period. I hope that it will now take me six to eight weeks.”
Chelsea physio Mike Banks believes that Robben could return at some point in March.
“The fractures are tiny and he could be playing next month,” Banks told the club’s website.
“One is a chip on the side of his foot, the other is a small break on the third metatarsal.
“But this is not the traditional metatarsal that has become so famous since the last World Cup and which has kept Scott Parker out for two months.”