The month of August will likely be a lonely one for fans of 6ABC anchor Jim Gardner, with the newsman taking a temporary leave of absence for a medical procedure.

Gardner announced on Thursday night's broadcast that he would be absent from Action News for roughly one month for a surgery that will repair his bicep tendon, which he said is "hanging by a thread." The anchor's leave begins Friday, August 5, with his return to the program expected sometime following the Labor Day holiday on September 5.

Rothman Institute — which handled Cecily Tynan's knee surgery after she tore her ACL last year — will operate on Gardner Friday, the anchor said in his Thursday announcement.

"If my bicep can turn out like your knee, I'll be in really good shape," Gardner said.

Fans, meanwhile, wished him a speedy recovery via social media:

Gardner this year celebrates 40 years on air with Action News, having joined WPVI-TV back in June 1976.