STANLEY captain Peter Cavanagh is absolutely gutted after being told he will be out for at least three months.
The 25-year-old damaged his medial ligaments in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Hartlepool.
"I can't believe it but I have been in these situations before and if you let it get you down, you will go mad," said Cavanagh, who has had a football career blighted by ankle and calf trouble since a horrific injury at Liverpool in 1999.
"So all I am thinking about is getting fit and hopefully when I come back we will be up in a play-off battle and still in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy."
Cavanagh had a scan at Highfield Hospital in Rochdale on Monday before having a cast put on at Bolton Hospital.
"It isn't as bad as they thought at first so they said it could be four weeks in a cast and then six weeks rehabilitation.
"I had an inkling I would be out for a while after my boot just got caught in the turf on Saturday.
"I thought I could carry on as I didn't feel any soreness or pain but then, when I opened up to pass the next time, I knew it was serious."