Portsmouth midfielder David Norris has undergone a hernia operation after being suspended for three matches.
The former Plymouth and Ipswich player, who signed for the South Coast outfit during the summer, was sent-off during the 1-0 home defeat against West Ham on January 14.
And after receiving a three-game ban which ruled him out of Saturday's defeat at Cardiff as well as the upcoming games with Peterborough and Hull City, he has decided to go under the knife to solve the ongoing injury.
The surgery means Norris is likely to miss one extra match, the game against Birmingham at St Andrews on February 7, but should return for Pompey's trip to the seaside when they take on Blackpool on February 11.
Pompey boss Michael Appleton told The News: "David's situation was an opportunity. We didn't want that opportunity, but it was an opportunity that arrived.
"Now, instead of him maybe getting progressively worse because we have a small squad, we are able to get him under the knife.
"I think anyone who has had a hernia will know there is so much you can do. You get to a certain amount and when you start to get fatigue, that's when you start making more damage.
"Birmingham would be a bit quick. Most likely it will be Blackpool, so he will be missing another game."