Barnet have suffered a blow after Bees boss Edgar Davids confirmed Ricky Holmes is likely to miss the rest of the season with a foot-injury.
The 25-year-old has produced a number of impressive displays this season and has scored five goals in 27 appearances.
Holmes suffered a metatarsal injury two years ago and had a screw placed in his foot to help heal the bone.
However, against Bristol Rovers the forward landed awkwardly and broke the screw. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to replace it.
Davids said: “Ricky is out for the season. It is a big blow for us but as your saw today (against Port Vale) we can play well.
“Of course a team with Ricky Holmes, who was in great form, is a big threat. But we proved that we can play without him. But it is a shame we will lose him for the rest of the season.”
Holmes was understandably disappointed with the news.
“It is something I have known about in the past but more often than not it is okay but just my luck it has broken and I need to have an operation,” he told the Barnet website.
“I have no doubts that the team will carry on performing and keep improving as the season wears on.
“Having me injured does not change a lot because I was out before Christmas and we kept winning games so the team will be fine without me and will climb up the table.”