Embattled A-League outfit Newcastle Jets will lose midfielder James Virgili for two to three months after he suffered an ankle injury in training.
Virgili fractured a bone in his left ankle which will require an operation later this week.
Phil Stubbins remained hopeful of seeing the 22-year-old back in the squad before the end of the season.
But with a number of players also exiting Hunter Stadium, Stubbins confirmed the club will consider bringing in an injury replacement player in the coming weeks.
“James’ injury is a blow, especially at a time when he was playing and in good form, but he is young and resilient so we are hopeful that the operation and recovery will go well,” Stubbins told the club's website.
“We are continuing to look at options during the transfer window and this injury may mean we need to look at injury replacement while James in unavailable.”comments