STOKE CITY have confirmed that defender Marc Wilson suffered a broken leg in Saturday's goalless draw with Sunderland.
The Republic of Ireland international was rushed to hospital for X-rays after being stretchered off early in the second half.
Wilson revealed late last night on his Twitter account that the X-rays had revealed a break to the fibula of his left leg.
And manager Tony Pulis commented: "Marc will be out for a while, but we are not sure at this stage for how long."
Wilson went down after an innocuous challenge, but it soon became apparent to City's medical team that it was a serious injury.
Television replays showed that the injury was caused by the awkward way in which he went down on top of the left leg.
Pulis felt that his side needed a 'break' of a different kind after they were forced to settle for their sixth draw in nine matches this season.
"I thought that if one side was going to win the game, it would be us," added City's manager. "We went out to win the game but Sunderland defended very well and their goalkeeper was fantastic when we put him under any pressure.
"We needed a break, a bit of luck in front of goal. We created plenty of chances, particularly in the closing stages, but it wouldn't drop for us.
"How a couple of the set-plays we had in the first half stayed out, I don't know. They just needed a touch because the delivery was perfect.
"Then right at the end, their 'keeper has done well on a couple of occasion while Kightly got himself in a great position to score. Even Michael got himself across his marker for the header, but the defender recovered to block it.
"So there were a number of chances when we could have got ourselves in front, but it's still a point more than we got in this game last season."
Pulis was pleased that City managed to keep a clean sheet after he was critical of their uncharacteristic defensive lapses at Old Trafford.
"The big thing for me is that we looked very solid at the back and I don't think Asmir's had a single save to make in the 90 minutes," he declared.
"So that's been a bonus. If we can maintain that level of performance and get those breaks at the other end, then we'll turn the draws into wins."