Dundee United's veteran defender Darren Dods admits he is struggling to return from a knee injury before the end of the season.
Dods has made just four appearances for United this term and has not featured in a first-team game since early October.
It was initially thought that the 35-year-old was suffering from a cartilage problem, but scans eventually showed a shard of bone floating in his kneecap.
He must wait until next month for another visit to the specialist and Dods accepts he is facing a race to play again before the season is over.
"It was difficult for them to spot," said Dods. "I'm still four weeks away from a scan to see how it has healed and five weeks away from going back to visit the specialist.
"I reckon he should give me the all-clear then but I have been counting up and it means even if he does by the time I'm ready to play it's going to be around the last week of the season.
"At most I'll get only one or two games and that's disappointing."