BEN Foster has suffered a stress fracture of a bone in his right foot, a scan has confirmed.
Foster, who was forced off in the 77th minute at Everton on Saturday, will undergo surgery in the next few days and will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.
Head coach Steve Clarke will now pass the goalkeeping duties on to Welsh international Boaz Myhill, who returned to training yesterday after a wrist injury, and Luke Daniels, who made his first-team debut at Everton by coming on for Foster.
Clarke said: “There’s no hiding the fact this is disappointing news as Ben is a key player for us. He was excellent on Saturday before his injury forced him off.
“In the meantime, I’ve got two other very good goalkeepers to choose from.
“Boaz did well when he deputised for Ben last season and Luke showed on Saturday he is a more than capable goalkeeper.”