Reading midfielder Glen Little has been ruled out for the next six months as he plans to undergo an Achilles operation.
News of Little's surgery comes on the back of summer signing Kalifa Cisse preparing for knee surgery, which will rule him out for six weeks.
He continued: "That can happen so the next stage is to go into the tendon and cut out the damaged tissue.
"Then we have to wait for the tendon to heal. Tendon takes twice as long as muscle, so we are looking at probably four to six months' recovery time.
"That will still leave some time toward the latter part of the season. I think a lot of talk I have seen about Glen has been very pessimistic but it has been a very, very nasty problem.
"You would never take the decision in the summer to go down this route because there was every chance it would heal without it.
"That's not been the case but some people don't respond to certain treatment and now we'll go down this line."