Fonte said on social media: “Difficult to digest but with my mind already focused on a quick recovery. I will be back stronger in 2 or 3 months. I look forward to the grind. Big win tomorrow would definitely help.”
The former Southampton captain was replaced by 18-year-old Declan Rice at Selhurst Park and Slaven Bilic will be hoping he can fill the void left by Fonte.
Rice, a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, has already impressed when called upon by the first team this season.
He made his debut in the final game of last season against Burnley and has made eight appearances this term.
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