Wolves striker Kevin Doyle admits it is unlikely he will play a further part between now and the end of the season.
The 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international suffered a knee injury whilst playing for his country a fortnight ago and is set to be sidelined for at least another month.
It means Doyle is out until the penultimate weekend of the campaign and it is unlikely he will be thrust straight back into action.
"We are probably looking at six weeks out from when I did it - at least," he said.
"It is not going to be the four weeks which was the most optimistic forecast initially. That's pretty certain.
"We can't try any harder to get it right. We are doing everything anyway. It is going to take however long it takes.
"But there is no point in me trying to come back early and injuring myself again.
"I'm still aiming to come back before the end of the season but it's going to be close."
Doyle added: "I can't do a lot at present. The knee is still sore. I'm not out jogging or anything like that so it will be another week or two. It's in a brace.
"I'm trying to do bits to keep it moving and stuff. I'm in the pool and I can do some easy stuff on it. But I won't be running for a week or two."
Wolves suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Everton on Saturday in a blow to their Premier League survival bid.
Doyle admits that he is extremely frustrated to be missing the run-in as he believes some good form was imminent.
"It is the most frustrating injury of my career because I felt I was starting to play pretty well," he remarked.
"We were playing well as a team and looking to finish the season on a high.
"It is annoying and by the time I am fit again it might be too late to be involved again this season."