Hibs are set to be without winger until the summer Martin Boyle after the Australian underwent knee surgery.
The Hibees confirmed the news on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
Losing Boyle for the rest of the season will be a big blow for Neil Lennon’s side as they look to secure European football next season.
Boyle picked up the injury on international duty.
The Aussie was a late sub as his country thumped Oman 5-0 in an Asian Cup warm-up.
The injury isn’t as bad as first feared but is still set to result in an extended spell on the sidelines.
Hibs have had a mixed season so far and remain in the mix for a European place if they can put together a sustained run of good form.
Losing Boyle will come as a blow but there is the possibility of someone coming in to replace him.
Celtic winger Lewis Morgan has already been linked with a move to Easter Road by the Daily Record.
Boyle has made 25 appearances, scoring four times and contributing six assists, this season.
Hibs already lost Efe Ambrose and Emerson Hyndman this month so Neil Lennon will be keen for reinforcements.
With some compensation headed Hibs way from the Australian FA, Lennon might also get a few quid extra to spend.