Injury-plagued Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Carl Cort is facing another three months on the sidelines after being forced to undergo surgery on his left knee.
Cort spent three months out last season with the same problem. But, after attempting to play through it in recent weeks, he has finally been forced to have an operation to repair his cartilage.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy said: "I hate to see any player have to have an operation and we can only hope that he makes a quick recovery. But I appreciate what Corty has done for the team recently.
"He's been in pain but, when we needed him, he soldiered on and played through the pain barrier."
McCarthy has also been hit by more grim injury news with the revelation that Charlie Mulgrew — the makeweight in the deal that took Lee Naylor to Celtic in August — also faces a period on the sidelines.
After suffering a suspected broken ankle following an awkward collision at St Andrew's last Saturday, X-rays have confirmed that there was no fracture but the young Scot has suffered bad ligament and tendon damage and is out until well into the New Year.