Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid will miss Ireland's friendly clash with Serbia and a crucial part of Nottingham Forest's promotion push with a hernia problem.
Forest boss Billy Davies confirmed that Reid is facing an extended period on the sidelines.
“Unfortunately we’ve lost Andy to a hernia. He’ll be having an operation this week but I’d expect him to be out for around four to six weeks after that," Davies told nottinghamforest.co.uk.
“The number of players we are missing through injury is obviously very disappointing. But we’ve got still got 19 or so players left and 14 matches remaining so we’ve got to roll our sleeves up and work as hard as we can to get the points required.
“We’ve got one or two players back on the grass, including Eric Lichaj and Kevin Gomis who have had a couple of good days in training. And it’s also nice to see Kelvin Wilson building up his fitness although he is still a few weeks away.”
Forest currently occupy fifth place in the Championship and are eight points behind Burnley in the second automatic promotion position.