Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan will undergo surgery on his fractured cheekbone on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old sustained the injury a week ago as the Reds slipped to a 4-2 home defeat to Watford in the Coca-Cola Championship.
McGugan will be out for up to six weeks after the operation and will have to wear a protective mask for two months once he is given the all-clear to resume action.
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