Curtis Davies has vowed to play through the pain in an effort to help Aston Villa's UEFA Champions League bid.
The centre-half dislocated his shoulder in last weekend's FA Cup defeat at Everton and admits the area has been weakened as a result.
Villa can hardly afford to lose the services of another defender at a crucial stage of the season, with Martin Laursen and Carlos Cuellar already on the treatment table.
Davies was able to play a full part in Villa's 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow in the Uefa Cup on Wednesday and insists he can soldier on through to the end of the current campaign.
"The shoulder is okay. It is a bit sore but it feels weak rather than painful," he said.
"It is just a bit of a hindrance when you are trying to hold someone off but, other than that it is fine, so you get on with it.
"If it keeps coming out, then obviously you have to address it but the fact it came out and went back in - and the pain had gone - meant I was always going to carry on.
"I will try and get through the rest of the season. There is so much to play for. If I can manage that without hurting it, I've got a long summer to rest.
"Will I need surgery? I don't think so. I'm only young so hopefully I'm a quick healer but I need to get through to the end of the season without damaging it and then hopefully it will all settle down.
"I will try and train as I play because, if I don't train properly, I'll be going into games a bit lax and won't be able to put in a performance."