Kevin Foley is confident that he will be back in action for Wolves before the end of the year.
The versatile Irishman has not played for Mick McCarthy's side since the end of August and has been suffering with a long-term ankle injury.
He underwent surgery in London on Tuesday and is now beginning a recovery period that could see him return to the squad as early as the end of November.
Wolves have lost their last five games in the Premier League and are just a point above the relegation zone after eight games.
Foley was a regular in the team that narrowly avoided relegation last season, playing 42 games for club and country.
But the 26-year-old has revealed that he has been playing with the problem for a long time.
He told the club's official website: "I've not been 100 per cent right for a while now.
"I've been struggling with the ankle on and off during last season and it was frustrating not just in games but also in training because I couldn't move as freely as I wanted to.
"You end up offloading onto the other leg which can then cause more problems and the way I felt just wasn't any good to anybody.
"I'd managed to get through last season but then coming back after the off-season it just seemed worse than before and we all agreed that something needed to be done.
"We always knew that the last option was surgery...but it got to the stage where it was needed and the operation has gone well.
"So hopefully between four to eight weeks I should be back fit again."