Wolves winger Michael Kightly hopes to play again this season after learning he requires surgery on his ankle injury.
Kightly has made just two substitute appearances in the FA Cup since picking up the ankle problem against West Brom at the end of November.
He will have an operation on Friday and is eyeing a return to the Wolves team in time for the play-offs, if Mick McCarthy's side finish in the top six.
"It's very hard to take," Kightly told the club's official website.
"But I'm trying to look at positives and the fact that I could be back at the end of the season. If we make the play-offs that would be an incentive for me.
"I just want it sorted and if an operation's going to do the trick then that's what I need to do."
Meanwhile, Wolves boss McCarthy insists he is as angry as the fans following the criticism prompted by the recent FA Cup defeat to Championship rivals Cardiff City.
McCarthy said: "I don't listen to what any fans say. I don't read what anyone writes in the paper, I don't listen to phone-ins or what people say on the TV about my team.
"I'm single-minded about that. So whatever the fans said to the lads after Cardiff, that doesn't affect me, I fully expect it.
"It annoys me, not because of what they're saying, but because it's my team that have put on a performance like that which has made them say it.
"That's what irks me - the fact that my team were so downright poor that the fans chose to give them abuse. I hate it because I hate losing and even more so losing as badly as we did (at Cardiff)."