Injured Liverpool star Harry Kewell is set to undergo an operation on his foot later this week.
Kewell is expected to travel to Australia to go under the knife after having consultations in his homeland earlier this month.
The 27-year-old has been out of action since the World Cup with a foot infection which developed into an arthritic problem and a long-standing groin injury.
Liverpool and Kewell were keen to get to the bottom of his injury problems and they have now decided to send him for an operation to cure his foot.
"Harry has had a follow-up opinion and unfortunately requires further surgery on the foot problem he suffered during the World Cup," said Liverpool spokesman Ian Cotton.
"Again, contrary to some media reports Harry does not have and has never suffered from gout.
"This suggestion originally came from one of his own Australian team-mates during the tournament in Germany and is totally incorrect.
"On his return to Liverpool following the World Cup, Harry was actually diagnosed as having Septic Arthritis - a bacterial infection in the joints of his left foot.
"A primary procedure to drain the infection was performed in July but it will require further surgery to address his subsequent problems.
"The second operation will take place this week in Australia and only after that will we have an accurate idea on the length of his rehabilitation period."
It means Kewell faces an extended spell on the sidelines with early indications suggesting the former Leeds man might be out until Christmas.