Coventry captain Lee Carsley is set to undergo two operations which will keep him sidelined for around three weeks.
Aidy Boothroyd has confirmed the 36-year-old central midfielder will fly to Munich to undergo hernia surgery at the same world-renowned clinic that recently treated team-mate Carl Baker, resulting in his speedy return to action.
Carsley, who has been playing through the pain barrier, will then fly to Sweden to repair a troublesome Achilles injury.
It means he is likely to miss the FA Cup fourth-round tie at former employers Birmingham and the crucial Championship encounters against fellow promotion contenders QPR, Nottingham Forest and Leeds.
The timing of Carsley's absence coincides with the return of Sky Blues midfielder Sammy Clingan from a lengthy knee injury, while Aron Gunnarsson and Michael Doyle retained their places in the middle of the park and again performed admirably against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Carsley has started 25 of Coventry's 27 league games this season, with Saturday's injury-related omission against the Blades coming after he was only forced to miss the December defeat to Norwich through suspension.
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