Leeds United manager Neil Warnock said losing striker Ross McCormack after just three minutes against Cardiff City was a huge blow as the Whites went down 2-1 in south Wales.
The former Bluebirds striker twisted his ankle following a challenge by Jordon Mutch and was carried off on a stretcher.
Craig Bellamy and Peter Whittingham scored the goals for the hosts who have not lost at home against Leeds since 1984.
Neil Warnock said: “I thought we deserved a point. But to lose Ross McCormack after three minutes was hard, he’s our only Bellamy.
“Ross has twisted his ankle quite severely. I don’t think there is any break, but we can’t tell yet because of the swelling. I’d imagine he’ll be out for a few weeks.
“It was a fantastic goal by Bellamy, but we were very disappointed with the free-kick that was given. Maynard is good at it. Michael Tonge pulled out of the tackle and he’s gone down. The referee has given the free-kick. We should have had the wall better and were naïve.”
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