Southampton full-back Jeremy Pied has tried to stay positive after revealing he needs knee surgery, and could be out of action for up to six months.
The 27-year-old former Lyon full-back, who rejoined former manager Claude Puel for the third time in August, has damaged ligaments in his knee and could be out of action for up to six months.
He has played just 11 minutes as a substitute since joining from Nice on a free after spending last season on loan with Guingamp.
Pied broke the news on his Twitter account when he wrote: "I can confirm the bad news for my knee – I need an operation.
"It's hard to digest but it's a trial to overcome. I'm determined to give all my energy to come back as soon as possible on the pitch."
Cuco Martina, who had been set to link up with former Saints boss Ronald Koeman, may be retained by the club as cover in the full-back slot.