Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge could be out for the rest of the season after suffering a suspected broken ankle during the FA Cupo tie at Newcastle.
The England international was hurt in a challenge with Alan Shearer during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at St James Park.
“We think it’s a big injury,” said Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
William Gallas and Damien Duff could also miss this week’s Champions League encounter with Barcelona after picking up injuries.
Bridge’s injury means Mourinho will not have a specialist, senior left-back for the run-in to the season.
“He (Bridge) has no chance of playing against Barcelona, probably will not play against Liverpool (in the Carling Cup final) and maybe not for the rest of the season,” he said.
“The medical department will try to do everything to recover Gallas and Duff. We will have to wait and see, but I won’t cry about injuries because we will have 11 players to play on Tuesday.”
Shearer said he was unaware how Bridge’s got injured.
“I don’t know what happened.” he said.
“It was just a shame. I don’t think we even touched each other.
“By all accounts it’s pretty serious. I went into the dressing-room after the game and wished him all the best.”