Newcastle winger Sylvain Marveaux is set to undergo an operation on his groin injury and is facing a lengthy period on the sidelines.
The Frenchman suffered the problem in the 2-1 victory over Everton on 5th November and will have surgery this week.
Manager Alan Pardew confirmed at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's game against Manchester City that Marveaux is to go under the knife.
The Newcastle boss said: "He will have an operation this week, probably. That could be a while."
Marveaux joined the Premier League club this summer on a free transfer from French club Rennes.