Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde remains hopeful he can overcome his latest injury misery and get back on the pitch.
The Dutchman ruptured his cruciate ligament for the second time in two years after suffering a recurrence of his knee problem against Peterborough last month.
Bodde had initially feared that his career was over, but if surgery in Rotterdam proves to be a success he could be back on an exercise bike in the near future to step up his rehabilitation.
"Of course I was scared it was over," Bodde told the Western Mail. "As soon as it happened I was just hoping it was OK and there wasn't too much damage. I was worried about whether I could actually come back from it.
"You need to trust and believe you can but, at first, I just couldn't. I'm actually really optimistic about it these days though.
"At first I wasn't positive, but I've picked up. I just keep focusing on that and I'm really optimistic because he (specialist Dr Rien Heyboer) has made me believe I will come back."
Bodde added: "My dream is to play in the Premiership and hopefully that's where we will be when I come back. I definitely believe we are good enough to get there."