Charlton Athletic have confirmed on their official website that key player Jason Pearce is out for 12 weeks.
The centre back stalwart has successfully undergone surgery after feeling a “pop” in his groin during last weekend’s clash with Bradford City.
Pearce is expected to spend at least 12 weeks on the sidelines after a scan revealed that he had torn his adductor tendon from the bone when competing for his first header.
This news is likely to impact on the expected centre back exodus planned for January, with Karl Robinson resigned to losing Ezri Konsa and willing to sell at least one of Harry Lennon, Roger Johnson or Jorge Teixeira.
Pearce’s injury just adds to the long list for the Addicks, with him and Lee Novak also joining Ricky Holmes, Ahmed Kashi and Chris Solly on the sidelines.
However Charlton will be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Declan Rudd to full training.
Charlton fans – how big a blow is this news? What does this mean for the sale of your other centre backs? Let us know in the comments below…