Darren Huckerby has been given the green light to resume training and could return to action next week.
Huckerby's pre-season was ruined by his injury
The Norwich forward recently suffered a recurrence of a hip problem and there were fears over his long-term fitness.
But Huckerby had an anti-inflammatory injection during a visit to a specialist and it is hoped that he will now not need to undergo surgery.
"Early indications are that the injection will work," Norwich physio Neal Reynolds told the club's website.
"It won't be perfect. It won't be absolutely 100%. But we want to make sure it is more comfortable.
"Surgery is the last resort. I don't think anybody would advise having surgery unless he desperately needed it.
"The surgery would be big surgery and it's not something we would take lightly."