Former Ross County striker Liam Boyce has been ruled out for most of the season after suffering a serious knee injury just two months after he moved to Burton Albion.
The 26-year-old was Burton’s record signing when he signed a three year deal after leaving Ross County in June.
But the English side confirmed that the Northern Irishman will miss ‘most of the season’ with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Boyce picked up the injury during Albion’s 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury on Saturday in a pre-season friendly.
The injury means that Boyce will miss the remaining four World Cup qualifiers in September and October, along with a potential play-off tie in November for Russia 2018.
Boyce bagged 23 goals last season for the Dingwall side as he finished the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer.
Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion will kick off their Championship league campaign on Saturday at home against Cardiff City.