Preston North End have confirmed that Sean Maguire is set to be ruled out for several months with a hamstring injury.
Reports in Ireland surfaced on Saturday morning that the striker was set for a spell on the sidelines, becoming the latest PNE player to be ruled out with a serious injury.
Maguire has suffered an injury similar to Greg Cunningham, one of a host of defenders currently unavailable to Alex Neil, and will need an operation.
"North End’s Irish international forward Sean Maguire will undergo an operation after picking up an injury to his hamstring," North End said in a statement.
"The No.24 has suffered a similar injury to the one that has ruled out Greg Cunningham since the second week of the season and is expected to be out for an extended period.
"The striker will join the likes of Cunningham, Tommy Spurr and Tom Clarke on a rehabilitation programme and the club wishes him a speedy recovery."