Steve Davies has suffered more injury heartache after he was ruled out until the new year after damaging his cruciate ligament.
It is the latest in a series of injury blows for the 22-year-old who has been restricted to just 20 starts in two years, since signing for Derby County.
The midfielder made the move to Pride Park in the summer of 2008, when he left Tranmere Rovers, after making 71 appearances for the Merseyside club.
Davies returned to pre season training early, determined to make sure he was fully fit for the start of the campaign, after undergoing ankle surgery in April but suffered the new injury in training on Monday.
He has already undergone the surgery and Head Physiotherapist Neil Sullivan told www.dcfc.co.uk that he expects Davies to make a full recovery: "Steven picked up the injury in training on Monday and it wasn't until he underwent a scan the severity of the problem was discovered.
"We're confident Steven can get back to full fitness this season; the operation has been a success and he will begin his rehabilitation immediately."
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