Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla is set to be sidelined for six weeks after a double injury blow.
The 26-year-old Spain international has been hit with a muscle problem and a hernia injury which could jeopardise the remainder of his season.
Cazorla has already missed six games for the Yellow Submarine this term, and he has now decided that surgery is required.
This latest setback is a blow for the player, who hopes to play in this summer's World Cup in South Africa.
However, he could now be out until the middle of March and he will want to return to action sooner rather than later.