Sevilla midfielder Piotr Trochowski has admitted his despair at the prospect of not playing for a while.
The 28-year-old suffered a knee injury during the Spanish club's 3-2 home defeat against Barcelona in La Liga earlier this month.
Trochowski was substituted before half-time and was hoping that he would not need surgery.
However, a visit to Denver in the United States has confirmed that the German will have to go under the knife to repair the cartilage damage.
"I am not happy because I did not expect the injury to be so bad," he told Sevilla TV.
"Tomorrow, though, I am sure that I will feel better.
"Things were not improving and in the end we decided this had to be done and now I know that it is worse than first thought.
"I cannot say how long I will be out for. We will have to speak to the specialist and wait until after the operation to know more."