Norwich winger Luke Chadwick faces three months out as he has been forced to undergo shoulder surgery.
The former Manchester United youngster has been struggling with the problem for the last few months.
Norwich boss Glenn Roeder has now decided to send Chadwick under the knife in a bid to finally correct the problem.
Operation"Luke has been brilliant. A lot of players would have been hammering on my door asking for an operation two months ago, but I needed him as it was all hands to the pumps," said Roeder.
"Now I think it's right for him to have the operation which will take place on
7th January or 8th January.
"Unfortunately this means we are likely to be without his services for
something like three months."