CARLOS Edwards' injury will give someone else a chance to make Millwall's right-back berth their own, boss Ian Holloway has said.
Edwards, who saw a specialist yesterday after damaging two knee ligaments and rupturing his hamstring muscle against Nottingham Forest, is expected to miss the rest of the season.
But Holloway is not rushing to source a replacement in the emergency loan market and will instead promote from within his own squad.
Providing an update on Edwards' injury, Holloway said: "He'll be out for a minimum of nine months – but it will probably be 12 months. It was a freak injury.
"But apart from the horrible, traumatic injury that Carlos has suffered, the surgeon is very pleased with his knee.
"The joint itself is as good as anybody's. There is no reason why the operation won't work.
"He's a very intelligent and fit boy and he's very dedicated. There's no reason why he can't get back playing. Everybody is gutted for him because he's made a big difference.
"He's a big part of the squad and very popular here."
Turning his attention to possible replacements, Holloway said: "Justin Hoyte, Jimmy Abdou, Josh Siafa and Sid Nelson can all play right back.
"I could possibly move Richard Chaplow there as well and Angel Martinez might be able to play there too.
"When you have an injury, someone else is going to get a chance to play.
"Hoyte has lost a lot of weight and his training times are a lot better.
"The reason he hasn't been involved is because he was getting his weight and times back down and I felt other people were playing better than him.
"I thought he looked a little bit off it against Southampton but he'll have a chance now – because as he keeps saying to me, he'll get fit by playing games.
"Abdou was playing very well in midfield so I don't know what I'll do with him. I was really surprised by how well he did against Forest – against one of the best wingers in the division.
"One of his headers at the far post was as good as any full back I've seen.
"That's normally what goes wrong – you get disorientated and lose track of where you are, and they score a header, but Jimmy got that spot on.
"Carlos is unique because he's a winger playing full back and that gives us an edge.
"When I brought Seamus Coleman on loan to Blackpool, he helped us get promtoed so it's important that I get that sort of thing from my full backs.
"I don't want to muck about with Alan Dunne. I made that mistake against Reading when I moved him to right back – he doesn't play right back in the way I want him to.
"I like Dunney at centre half so I won't be moving him, I can tell you that now."