Wolves winger Michael Kightly will undergo an operation today in a bid to save his season.
The 22-year-old is hoping the operation, which will take place in a London hospital, will finally solve his baffling, recurring ankle injury which has kept him almost completely out of action since the Black Country derby at The Hawthorns last November.
Kightly will have a bone spur removed from his ankle before commencing yet another rehabilitation programme.
Kightly has seemed on the verge of a comeback time and time again only to break down in training. The earliest Kightly could be back is the play-offs.
"It is very hard to take," he said. "I am trying to look at positives and the fact that I could be back at the end of the season. If we make the play-offs, that would be an incentive for me.
"I just want it sorted and if an operation is going to do the trick then that is what I need to do. I have been watching for the past three months and to not be involved has been a killer.
"I've had some nice letters from fans saying how much I've been missed, and I'm grateful to them for that, but it makes me feel gutted that I can't do my bit."
Manager Mick McCarthy said it was a bitter blow and that surgery was the last option they sought to solve the problem.
"It's frustrating that it has taken so long between the injury happening and the surgery taking place," he said. "But, as always in these cases, you try the conservative approach first."
McCarthy has been given an boost with the news that left winger Matt Jarvis could be fit for tomorrow's trip to Colchester United.
Jarvis has recovered from a hip injury. Daniel Jones, who recently returned from a loan spell at Northampton Town and was keen on going out for a second spell to gain more experience, is on stand-by if there are any further problems.