Newcastle Jets playmaker Wes Hoolahan had surgery on his injured ankle on Monday and is set for an extended stint on the sidelines.
Hoolahan was carried off in the Jets’ 1-0 FFA Cup 2019 Quarter Final loss to Adelaide United last week with a serious ankle injury.
Scans revealed the former Republic of Ireland international suffered major ligament and cartilage damage in his right ankle which required surgery.
After undergoing surgery on Monday, the Jets confirmed Hoolahan is unlikely to feature for the club until the New Year.
The news is a major blow for Ernie Merrick’s side, who were banking on the ex-Premier League midfielder to help propel them back to the Hyundai A-League Finals Series in 2019/20.
Hoolahan will begin rehabilitation immediately in the hope of returning ahead of schedule.
The Jets have the bye in the opening round of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season before a trip down the highway for an F3 Derby with Central Coast Mariners on Saturday, October 19.