Derby County’s Curtis Davies is to undergo surgery next week on his injured Achilles.
The 35-year-old defender sustained the injury in the second half of last Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Brentford and left the field of play on a stretcher.
Davies, who is in his fourth season with Derby, underwent a scan and subsequently visited a specialist to discover the extent of the damage.
The experienced centre-back will begin his rehabilitation programme once he has undergone surgery next Monday.
The news was confirmed by Wayne Rooney, who is leading Derby’s coaching time while a permanent manager is not in place, following Wednesday’s home fixture against Swansea City.
Speaking after the 2-0 win over the Swans, Rooney said: “Curtis will have surgery on Monday and it is a long-term one for him.
"We hope his surgery goes well and we will help him in every possible way during his recovery. It’s a shame for him and it’s a shame for the club."
Davies has made 103 appearances for Derby since joining from Hull City in the summer of 2017, of which 13 have come during the 2020/21 campaign.