Manchester United and England defender Wes Brown faces a lay-off up to six weeks after breaking a broken in his foot at Wolves on Saturday.
“It’s just unfortunate,” United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said. “He has had a career blighted by injury.”
The news means Brown will miss Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 return leg against Milan and most of United’s end-of-season run-in.
However, with nine games remaining in the Premier League, as well as the ongoing Champions League campaign, Ferguson added: “We hope to get him back for some of the season.”
Brown won his 23rd cap for England against Egypt last Wednesday and provided he is fit, is expected to be in Fabio Capello’s squad for the World Cup.