Manchester City forward Álvaro Negredo has fractured his metatarsal and faces a three month lay-off.
The Spanish striker was forced to hobble off during the first-half of City's 2-1 preseason victory over Scottish side Hearts.
The champions reportedly sent their £20 million man for tests over the weekend, and the results won't be what City or their fans wanted to hear as they try to defend their Premier League crown in the forthcoming season.
Negredo has taken to his Instagram account to break the bad news to his followers. The former Sevilla man wrote: “I want to let you know that its going to be hard for the next few months, I fractured my 5th metatarsal and will be out a few months. I will be back stronger than ever."
Despite Negredo himself stating he is happy to stay at City last week, rumours continued to surface of a possible return to Real Madrid. However this latest injury should put to bed all speculation surrounding the striker's immediate future.
One City man who might be encouraged by this news though is Stevan Jovetić. The Montenegrin has also been linked with a move elsewhere, but Negredo's injury could increase his chances of first team action this season.
The former Fiorentina man struggled in his debut season at the Etihad Stadium. Injuries and the fantastic partnership that Sergio Agüero and Negredo formed during part of the season meant his chances were few and far between.
He only notched six goals in 16 appearances, but was lucky enough that 11 of those came in the Premier League so he qualified for a winner's medal.
Should Jovetić get and take his chance then he could make it difficult for Negredo to force his way back into the City side, which would be a nice problem for Manuel Pellegrini to have to manage.