Sunderland striker, Victor Anichebe, has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a knee injury.
The 28-year-old sustained the injury, after coming on as a substitute in their 2-0 defeat at West Brom on Saturday, but was able to finish the game.
However, Anichebe went for scans on Tuesday and it has been confirmed he suffered medial ligament damage, which could see him miss action for the next three months.
“Sunderland manager David Moyes has confirmed that Victor Anichebe sustained knee ligament damage against West Bromwich Albion,” a statement on the club’s official website read.
“The injury occurred as a result of a tackle in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the Hawthorns, and it could sideline the striker for up to 10 weeks.”
This leaves Moyes with only Jermain Defoe as the only fit specialist striker in his squad, although Fabio Borini can play through the middle.
With one week left in the January transfer window, the Black Cats face a challenge of finding cover, as they continue their fight against relegation.
Anichebe signed on as a free agent on a short-term deal until the end of the season in September last year.