Marseille forward Andre Ayew has pledged to play through the pain barrier and put off a shoulder operation until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old aggravated a long-standing shoulder complaint while on international duty with Ghana in last month's Africa Cup of Nations.
Any operation to repair the injury would end the youngster's season.
With L'OM carrying a 1-0 advantage into their UEFA Champions League last 16 clash with Inter Milan in a fortnight, Ayew is reluctant to go under the knife and therefore miss out on the Giuseppe Meazza clash.
Instead, he is prepared to play through the pain in order to extend his season before reassessing the injury at the end of the campaign.
"I have dislocated my shoulder several times, it does not take much," he told the club's official website.
"If I have the operation now, my season is over. It would not be beneficial either for me or for the club.
"I must grit my teeth, as I have been doing for some time.
"If it does not hold up any longer, I will have to have the operation, but if I can hold on until the end of the season I will make a decision then."