Derby County midfielder George Thorne will miss his side’s play-off campaign after suffering a double leg break, the Championship club have confirmed.
Thorne, 23, was hurt in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Ipswich and is expected to be out of action for three months.
The Rams face Hull City in their second-tier play-off semi-final.
“Would love to be involved in the play-offs but not to be. Wishing my team-mates all the best!” ex-West Bromwich Albion man Thorne said on Twitter.
Ipswich midfielder Jonathan Douglas, who was involved in the incident with left Thorne injured, had earlier posted a message on social media wishing the Derby man a “speedy recovery”.
Douglas added: “Absolutely gutted with what happened with George. In no way did I intend on hurting him – I was just trying to block his shot and help my team.
“I did apologise to him on the pitch and would like to put it on record again that I am sorry.”
Thorne has played 36 games for Derby in 2015-16, having missed most of the previous campaign with a serious knee injury.