Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie has been ruled out for around a month.
Crystal Palace's hopes of attaining European football this season have taken a blow after the news that star winger Yannick Bolasie.
Eagles boss Alan Pardew confirmed to London 24 on Saturday that Bolasie will not only miss Monday's game against Swansea City, but may be out of action for around a month.
The 26-year-old was absent as Palace drew 0-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday, showing how Pardew's men can struggle in the final third without Bolasie's influence.
Few players in the Premier League can match Bolasie's combination of pace and power down the flanks, so Palace will now have to find a way to cope without the DR Congo international.
After the news was confirmed that Bolasie could be out until late January, Palace supporters took to Twitter, and it's clear that fans are concerned.
Fans are looking for somebody to step up - possibly Sullay Kaikai, who has been recalled from a loan spell at Shrewsbury - and fill the void left by Bolasie.
Others noted that fellow casualty Connor Wickham is a blow as well, but looked to Bolasie's spell at the African Cup of Nations last season as proof that Palace can cope without their star man.
Here are some of the reactions from Palace fans after the news of Bolasie's injury blow...
Bolasie went out to AFCON around this time last year and we were fine without him (obviously better with him), my main worry is no striker.— Scott Dann (@SwordsCPFC) December 27, 2015
Bolasie and Wickham out for a month. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next year to win the league. #cpfc— Nick (@supernwa) December 26, 2015
Bolasie and Wickham out for 4 weeks Can't see us getting a win against Swansea or Chelsea.— Ben Fleury (@KingB1994) December 26, 2015
Devastated about Bolasie and Wickham. That's so gutting. Really hope they're not out for too long— Banta Claus (@milesgirling) December 26, 2015
Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham are both out for a month with injury. we are in trouble then!!— garry wrigley (@garrypalace) December 26, 2015
We are going to do well to win many over the next month or so without Wickham and Bolasie based on today, hopefully someone will step up— EatingTheBurger (@EatingTheBurger) December 26, 2015
Happy for Kaikai to be back but Yala and Wickham being out for ages (and Cabaye) could be terrible.— Palace Talk (@PardewPalace) December 23, 2015