Blackpool defender David Carney has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
The Australian international requires surgery on the shoulder problem and he will miss the final six games of the campaign.
Carney has not played for the Seasiders since returning from international duty at the end of March and has been restricted to just 11 appearances for the club this season.
The former Sheffield United man has now set his sights on returning to full fitness for the start of pre-season training.
"I saw the specialist the other day and he just said he recommends that I should get it done," Carney told the club's official website.
"I was testing it out and it's not good - I think there is a bit of bone damage there, so it just needs fixing and hopefully I will be back for pre-season next year."
BeliefMeanwhile, Blackpool striker DJ Campbell insists the whole squad remain confident they can secure survival in their remaining six games.
Ian Holloway's side now have only one win in their last 12 matches and are just a point above the relegation zone as the season draws to an exciting climax.
Campbell admits the six remaining games will be cup finals for Blackpool and he feels they may have an advantage with four of those matches to be played at Bloomfield Road.
"The belief has always been there and I'm sure it always will be," said Campbell.
"We have got six cup finals and four of those are massive games at home, so hopefully with the fans on our side, we can get the two or three wins we need, or maybe even better than that.
"We've never stopped believing in ourselves whether we have lost, won or drawn and with a gaffer like Ian Holloway, he has kept us sane really."