Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson will be out of action for six months as a result of a blood clot in a lung.
Rovers have revealed that the former England international, 33, suffered serious respiratory complications following a back operation last week.
He was kept in hospital over Easter after developing a pulmonary embolism, but has now returned home to recover.
It means Rovers have been dealt a double blow as fellow goalkeeper Jake Kean, 22, sustained torn cartilage in his left knee in Monday's 3-0 defeat by Cardiff.
The player needs an operation and will miss the rest of the season. Polish goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski, 23, came on to replace Kean for his debut on Monday and is now set to be thrust into Blackburn's Championship relegation battle.
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