Huddersfield Town striker Pawel Abbott is predicting being on the sidelines for a month after having a double hernia operation.
Abbott, who is currently out of The Terriers' line-up, has decided to have the surgery while he is not part of Peter Jackson's first team.
The 24-year-old believes it is the ideal time to undergo the operation and feels it might be at least three weeks before he is available for selection.
"With not being in the team at the moment I might as well get the operation done and get myself fit again," Abbott told The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
"The problem has been pretty bad, although I'm not trying to make excuses in any way.
"I was feeling the injury back in September and Lee Martin (the club physio) said I would be okay to carry on playing until the stage where I just couldn't continue any more.
"We have been putting it off and putting it off but, with not being in the side right now, we felt it would be a good opportunity to get it sorted out.
"Hopefully I will be back in the minimum time of about three weeks, but everyone is different so we'll have to just wait and see."
Meanwhile, long-term injury victim Tom Clarke will undergo knee surgery later this month.
The youngster ruptured cruciate ligaments in October, meaning he will not play again this season.
The Terriers hope to have the 18-year-old fit and available from the start of next term.