Central Coast defender Storm Roux's A-League season appears over as he undergoes surgery on a leg fracture following a freak incident at AAMI Park on Sunday.
The New Zealand international also incurred ligament disruption in his leg and a shoulder dislocation when his foot stuck in the turf as turned sharply in the goalmouth during his last-placed team's 4-1 loss to Melbourne City.
Roux was administered with pain relief on the pitch before being stretchered off and he was to have surgery in Sydney on Monday.
It was the second horror incident at AAMI Park during the round.
Fans were left wincing on Friday night when Adelaide United's Craig Goodwin sustained a heavy concussion and cricket-ball sized bump on his forehead after crashing into the knee of Melbourne Victory defender Daniel Georgievski.
Goodwin was rampaging through Victory's defence when he met with Rashid Mahazi.
Despite Goodwin falling to ground level, Georgievski had already committed to the tackle and lunged in feet-first and dangerously on the 24-year-old.
Intent could be key on whether the Match Review Panel chooses to penalise Georgievski, leaving open the possibility of a lengthy ban.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich said he would exonerate the Victory man despite the "horrendous injury".
"I always look for the good in people," he told Fox Sports.
"He started sliding in ... I don't think he could have pulled out.
"I don't think he meant to hit him in the head, I think it was a pure accident."
Victory - who lost to the Reds 1-0 - can ill afford any player unavailability as they look to revive their stuttering campaign.