Chesterfield defender Aaron Downes is hoping to put an end to his injury nightmare this summer after undergoing a minor knee operation.
The Australian has managed just seven appearances since April 2009 due to a serious of injuries, the latest sustained 12 months ago when he suffered cruciate ligament damage.
However, with the latest operation ruling the 25-year-old out for the rest of the season, he told skysports.com that pre-season training should give him the perfect platform to kick-start his career again next season.
"It is frustrating to have to sit out the rest of the season, but it is very important that I sort my knee out before doing any physical training or matches because there is no point in coming back and re-injuring myself, which could end my career," said Downes.
"The knee was 90 per cent already, but it was just that final 10 per cent which just didn't feel right and the surgeon recommended that the latest bit of surgery would sort it out for good and hopefully there won't be any more problems.
"The operation will just give the knee a little more support, which it needed, and four months down the line I should be back in training.
"I've not had a pre-season for the past two seasons, so getting one under my belt this summer should stand me in good stead.
"I should be back for May, so I can get a head start on the others by doing a bit of extra work over the summer and make sure I'm fit and raring to go for when pre-season training starts."