Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes that Tim Krul and Rob Elliot will be on the treatment table for some time yet.
The two goalkeepers were both ruled out of Newcastle's game against Arsenal this weekend due to injury and Pardew has warned that any supporter hoping for them to return to the team quickly will be disappointed.
“I don’t think they will be back until mid-January – it’s a long wait," Pardew told the Shields Gazette.
The Magpies have had to select youngster Jak Alnwick to play in goal due to the absence of their first two preferences and he has performed admirably so far.
Although he looked inexperienced against Arsenal, there was little he could have done to stop his side falling to a 4-1 defeat.
It was a decent display which backed up an impressive debut, where he helped his side beat Chelsea.
Alnwick's contract at Newcastle expires in the summer and his future is still up in the air, but Pardew believes that this is a chance for him to show that he is worthy of a new deal.
"This is a guy who has got in a short period of time an opportunity to make a big name for himself, and he’s the sort of guy you would want to do it," he said.
“He’s a good honest guy, humble, and another local. So fingers crossed he does well.”
Newcastle had wanted to bring in a goalkeeper on an emergency loan, but they have been unable to because of the amount of custodians on their books.