Cardiff defender Sol Bamba has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage.
Bamba suffered the injury during the 2-0 Premier League defeat at Wolves on Saturday and will undergo surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.
"Unfortunately our biggest fears have been confirmed regarding the injury Sol suffered at Wolves on Saturday," Cardiff manager Neil Warnock told the official club website.
"Scans have shown that Sol has ruptured his ACL; he will have an operation on Wednesday and therefore miss the rest of the season.
"It is a major blow to the squad but I know all of our supporters will join me in wishing him the very best during his recovery."
Bamba's absence for the final nine games of the season is a huge blow to Cardiff's hopes of staying in the top flight.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has played for Hibernian, Leeds and Leicester among other clubs, has been a talisman since joining Cardiff in October 2016.
Bamba played a key role as the Bluebirds won promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season and has missed just one league game this term.
Cardiff currently occupy the final relegation spot and are two points from safety.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has revealed he has held frank talks with his players after heavy home defeats to Watford and Everton, and told them to "look in the mirror".
Cardiff have dropped into the Premier League relegation zone with 10 games left to play after losing 5-1 to Watford and 3-0 to Everton.
"I had a chat with them all and put my point of view forward about the remainder of the season," Warnock said ahead of Saturday's visit to Wolves.
"After that they had a meeting of their own and I was quite pleased about that.
"When you do make mistakes you don't tend to look in the mirror, you tend to look around. All I've asked is for them to look in the mirror."
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Bacuna, who can play full-back or in midfield, told the official Cardiff website: "A few weeks ago, I was made aware of some interest and it has all gone from there. I'm very happy and looking forward to getting started.
"Every game I play I give 100 per cent and I'll be fighting hard to help our team."
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