Richard Dunne is hoping to return to action for Aston Villa before the end of April after travelling to America to continue his rehabilitation from injury.
The Republic of Ireland international has missed Villa's last three Premier League games after suffering a broken collarbone against former club Manchester City last month.
He is now flying out to the United States for further treatment with NFL outfit the Cleveland Browns, who are owned by Villa chairman Randy Lerner.
Dunne said: "Because of the nature of American football, Cleveland have a lot of experience in dealing with this kind of injury.
"Any help I can get will be much appreciated. It will also be a great experience and I think it will be a good week.
"I'm hoping when I come back I'll be sorted and can push on with things and start training again."
Dunne added: "Hopefully I can be back before the end of April, that is the aim.
"But I'll just have to listen to the doctors here at Villa and see what is actually possible. I trust their judgement and will follow whatever they say."