Christian Eriksen could be out of action for six weeks after the Tottenham midfielder picked up an ankle injury in Denmark's friendly game with Norway on Friday night.
Eriksen limped off the pitch in the first half after being on the wrong end of a tackle and it appears he has damaged the ligaments in his ankle, meaning the playmaker will be out of action for longer than just the international break.
Denmark coach Morten Olsen has confirmed that he could be out of action for nearly two months as he recovers.
"We don't know if he's out for four or six weeks or how long it will take," Olsen said. "It's bad for him at a new club."
Denmark heartbreakingly failed to qualify for the World Cup play-offs despite coming second in their qualifying group. And the injury news will cause further angst for Eriksen, particularly as the game against Norway was of little significance.
The 21-year-old made the move to White Hart Lane in the final days of the summer transfer window and has yet to make a serious claim for a starting place, despite putting in positive performances at the start of the season.
Eriksen told Danish reporters this week that he felt slightly frustrated at not getting regular game time in the league, saying: "I'm trying to show myself off in the Europa League for the chance to play in the Premier League. It's gone well. It's a slight disappointment not to play, but it's part of it when there are so many players."
But now Eriksen faces far longer than he planned on the sidelines and it will certainly be a long road back as Andre Villas-Boas already faces selection headaches over his midfield options.