Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Ross Turnbull has broken his ankle, and has undergone surgery.
Turnbull, 30, joined the Whites over the summer from Barnsley, but has mostly been used as a backup to first choice stopper Marco Silvestri.
The experienced goalkeeper, formerly of Middlesbrough, Chelsea and Doncaster Rovers, has only played in the Capital One Cup this season, but some fans have wanted him to replace Silvestri in the starting line-up in the near future.
Now though, Turnbull is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with Rosler telling the Yorkshire Evening Post that the goalkeeper has suffered a broken ankle, and will be out for a long time.
"He broke his ankle and he’s had an operation," said Rosler. "I’m not a medical person but we’re looking at a long-term injury," he added.
Rosler's admission may mean that Leeds look to the free agent or loan market for a replacement, with youngster Charlie Horton likely to be on the bench for this weekend's game against Brighton and Hove Albion.
For Turnbull, it's a blow given that his Leeds career has barely taken off, yet now he faces spending months on the sidelines as he recovers from his injury.