Southend boss Steve Tilson has blamed the state of the Roots Hall pitch for the ankle injury that could keep Anthony Grant out for up to two months.
The 22-year-old midfielder ruptured ligaments during the 2-2 draw with Swindon on Saturday and Tilson is sure the hardened surface - which survived a late pitch inspection - was the cause.
He added: "Three quarters of the pitch was fine but down that end it wasn't and I felt it was dangerous.
"All four goals came at that end and unfortunately we didn't get away with it because we've picked up a long-term injury which means we're short of midfielders"
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.