Aaron Ramsey will miss Wales’ November Euro 2024 qualifiers, according to his Cardiff manager Erol Bulut.
Ramsey had already been ruled out of October’s qualifier against Croatia with a knee injury sustained in training last month.
But Wales boss Rob Page, announcing his squad for that fixture on Wednesday, said he was hopeful Ramsey would recover in time to play in the final two group games against Armenia and Turkey in November.
“Aaron, we were talking about how many weeks he would be out, we were waiting also,” Bulut said at his pre-match press conference for Cardiff’s home game against Watford on Saturday.
“Hopefully without surgery, he will be out at least eight to 10 weeks.
“If he does get surgery, it will be up to 12 weeks. If something happens in these weeks, it will add 12 weeks.
“You could see, when he was on the field, he was great. He linked the game. We will miss him.”
He scored from the penalty spot in the two games before his injury, for Wales in their Euro qualifying victory over Latvia and against derby rivals Swansea in a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win.
Tottenham defender Ben Davies, the Wales vice-captain, will lead the Dragons in Ramsey’s absence.
Wales realistically need to draw against World Cup semi-finalists Croatia and win both games of their November double-header to secure automatic qualification for next summer’s Euro 2024 finals in Germany and avoid the play-offs.