AFC Bournemouth defender Adam Smith will miss up to three months of action with a knee injury.
The Bournemouth Echo write that Smith sustained the injury in the Cherries’ 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United before the international break.
The left-back fell to the ground after attempting to take a quick free-kick at St. James’ Park, and the club confirmed he has now undergone surgery to repair a cartilage tear in his right knee.
The 27-year-old has started every Premier League match this season, but boss Eddie Howe will now be forced to find a replacement for the regular.
Smith joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur in January of 2014, and the Newcastle match was his 200th appearance in the black and red stripes of the South Coast club.
The player hasn’t had the best of luck with injuries in recent months having missed two months at the end of last season with medial ligament damage.
Charlie Daniels, who replaced Smith after he was stretchered off at Newcastle, is likely to take his place for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday, although Diego Rico will also be in Howe’s plans.