Sheffield United have been dealt a fresh injury blow with news midfielder Nick Montgomery will be sidelined for two months.
The 27-year-old sustained a knee injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Doncaster at Bramall Lane and it was initially feared he had suffered cruciate ligament damage. Although those concerns have been allayed, Leeds-born Montgomery has damaged medial ligaments and has been ruled out of action for at least eight weeks.
Blades assistant manager Sam Ellis said: "It's still a long-term injury and Nick will be a big loss to us. It will probably be early December before we see him playing for us again."
Montgomery, an ever-present in the Championship this season, has been added to manager Kevin Blackwell's growing injured list, which includes fellow midfielders James Harper (knee), summer signing Lee Williamson (back), who has yet to feature for the Blades, and Jamie Ward (broken wrist).
Key defender Matt Kilgallon is currently out with an ankle problem, Derek Geary and Gary Naysmith are both recovering from long-term knee injuries and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is serving a drugs ban until April.
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