Port Vale winger Lewis Haldane could require more surgery to aid his recovery from a broken leg sustained in August.
Haldane suffered a double fracture of his left fibula in August and had a plate and pins fitted into his leg at the time to help the bones mend together.
However, at least one of those pins may have to be removed following complications which have stalled the healing process, as Vale manager Micky Adams explained.
"I wouldn't say Lewis' progress has ground to a half, but it's frustrating he's not making the progress we'd hoped for." Adams told The Sentinel.
"The plan is for him to see a specialist. He had some pins inserted that may now be hampering his progress as they are irritating his ankle.
"It may be the case that a surgeon removes those pins because the bone has completely healed now. A minor operation could eradicate the problem, which we hope will push him on again."