Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is set to miss out of action for “weeks” with an ankle injury he sustained while scoring the opener against Cardiff on January 1.
The Denmark international came off the substitute bench to shoot the Gunners ahead but sprained his ankle in the process.
He is the latest addition to a growing list of casualties at the Emirate Stadium, leaving Arsene Wenger short of options up front.
French striker Olivier Giroud missed the New Year Day fixture because of an ankle injury.
Although the French boss has declined to say whether he would rush into the January transfer market for a striker, but admits the latest injuries “shows we are short”.
“He (Bendtner) sprained his his ankle, (for) how long we don’t know but it looks (like) weeks,” said Wenger.
“We have Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott who can play striker but over the longer period we want more specialists to play through the middle.
“With two players injured it id difficult. Don’t be too quick at the moment, we will just say we have two centre forwards injured.”
Bendtner, 25, will miss Saturday’s FA Cup third round game against Tottenham Hotspur, while Giroud is a serious doubt.