Nick Ward is set to spend up to six weeks on the sidelines in what is a major blow for A-League club Wellington Phoenix.
The former Melbourne Victory midfielder injured his knee in Sunday's 2-1 win over Adelaide United and scan results today revealed the extent of the damage.
Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert confirmed the injury and said the club hoped Ward was back around Christmas rather than in the New Year.
"It's not the news we wanted to hear but unfortunately that (four to six weeks) is probably the time frame," Herbert said today.
"He's been playing well, that's why we signed him. He'll be immensely disappointed and I thought he had a great game on the weekend.
"Hopefully we get him back soon after Christmas."
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