Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray has been ruled out for the the rest of the season by the stress fracture to his foot he suffered last October.
Murray has been ruled out for the rest of the season
Murray has not played since coming off at half-time in the Carling Cup game against Darlington with a back injury.
The club have decided that the 22-year-old should have an operation to help speed up his recovery.
He will have a bone graft and a pin inserted next week and boss Dave Jones hopes he will be fit for next season.
"I think it's for the best that he has the operation now because we could wait and see if it self-heals and then run the risk of him possibly breaking down again in pre-season," Jones said.
"If that happened then we'd be back to square one so, we have come to the decision that he should have the op now and get it over and done with so he can start over in time for next season.
"It has happened before to many players and sometimes they can be lucky and don't need an operation but Matt is one of the unlucky ones."
The Wolves manager is backing Murray - who underwent hernia surgery after last season's play-off final and then had the back problem - to get over his latest setback.
"Injuries are part and parcel of being a footballer. He has worked his way back from serious injury once and while it's hard, I'm sure he'll get through it again," he told his club's official website.
"He has waited this long now, I think he had already resigned himself to not playing this season. So, he's now got to put this behind him and push forward for next season."