Huddersfield Town missed the chance to close the gap to Newcastle United and Brighton after suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat at Bristol City on Friday night.
City, who were in the relegation zone prior to kick-off, earned a much-needed win thanks to goals from Lee Tomlin, Tammy Abraham, Aden Flint and David Cotterill.
But there was a bigger concern for Huddersfield after midfielder Jonathan Hogg suffered a nasty neck injury in the opening minutes of the match.
Hogg collided with teammate Mark Hudson and medical staff spent 14 minutes treating him on the pitch before carrying him off on a stretcher.
The 28-year-old was taken to hospital, with the Mirror reporting that Hogg was ‘talking and responsive with the doctor’.
"Jonathan Hogg has a neck injury,” Huddersfield boss David Wagner said afterwards. “He could talk, but he has had one scan at the hospital and needs another."
Huddersfield's players couldn't recover
Wagner believes that Hogg’s injury had an adverse affect on his players.
"I am sure the situation with Jonathan Hogg caused us maybe mentally some problems,” the Terriers boss said, via Sky Sports.
"We were not able to do what we usually do."
Video: Hogg's nasty injury
Watch the incident below.
Six points behind
The result leaves Huddersfield six points behind Newcastle and Brighton with all three teams having played 37 out of 46 matches.
Wagner hopes the international break will allow his team to recharge before they kickstart the season run-in against Burton on April 1.
"Bristol City were strong and we under-performed,” he said, via BBC Sport. “I have never spoken about automatic promotion and we now need to use the international break to refresh and respond to this result.
"We are in a very good position with nine games to go and we have been through too much together as a group for me to question my players."