Crewe Alexandra's star striker Mathias Pogba has been ruled out with a lengthy injury that he sustained in the 2-0 defeat to a Manchester United XI.
Pogba collided in a challenge with defender Scott Wootton and came off worse.
Initially the injury was expected only to keep the Guinean international on the sidelines for a few weeks, but it has recently been confirmed that he has suffered a medial ligament injury to his right knee.
Pogba, who scored 15 league goals for the Alex last season, has not had much luck recently, and missed last season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final win through injury.
His injury will provide a substantial loss in Crewe's forward line at the start of the new campaign, with fellow forward Vadaine Oliver also fighting to be fit.
"It is not good news concerning Mathias," manager Steve Davis told the League One club's official website. "He has a medial knee ligament injury and it will be months rather than weeks with him.
"We will see how he is once the bruising settles down but it doesn't look good. It was a bad challenge because the full-back has left the ground and followed through. Pogs should have avoided being involved in the tackle but he went into it and it was risky.
"It is difficult to put an exact time span on it but it will be a month or two. Rob (Sharp) has weaved his magic in the past and hopefully he can knock some weeks off of it. We'll have to wait and see.
"It is a blow for us but we have to get on with it. It is a blow for Pogs because he has only just come back from his thigh operation.
"He is a bubbly character and I've spoken to him about it. He has had some really bad luck but we will keep his spirits up and he is okay."
Crewe drew their opening day fixture with Rotherham United 3-3 at Gresty Road, thanks to goals from debutant Anthony Grant, Max Clayton and Harry Davis.
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