Swansea City winger Nathan Dyer is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles.
Dyer returned to the Swans starting line-up for Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League victory over Leicester – where he was on loan last season when they won the title – but he lasted just seven minutes before coming off injured.
Subsequent scans have revealed the 29-year-old suffered damage to the Achilles tendon in his left ankle at the Liberty Stadium.
He will play no further part in the club’s survival bid and will require surgery to rectify the problem.
Dyer has played just 10 times for Swansea this season but half of those have come since Paul Clement took over as manager on January 3.
Dyer, who first arrived at the Liberty Stadium from Southampton in 2009, signed a new four-year contract with the club in the summer.
During his time with the Swans, Dyer has helped them secure promotion to the top flight and played a key role in Swansea’s Capital One Cup triumph over Bradford in 2013, the first major trophy in the club’s history.