Sunderland midfielder Andy Reid is targeting the start of pre-season training after undergoing surgery on a persistent calf problem.
The 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international had an operation on Tuesday and is now facing a period of rehabilitation after a frustrating end to what had promised to be a good season for him.
Manager Steve Bruce told the club's official website, www.safc.com: "Andy has had a calf problem and unfortunately an operation proved to be the best way forward. All being well, he should be back in time for the start of pre-season training in July."
Reid has been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury in February, and the calf problem occurred as he attempted to fight his way back from that.
He has not played since the 1-1 draw at Portsmouth on February 9 - the last of his 25 appearances for the campaign.
Reid impressed Bruce on his arrival at the Stadium of Light having returned for pre-season training much leaner than he had left, and although he was not initially in the team, he made the most of his first start when he scored twice in a 4-1 Carling Cup second-round victory at Norwich on August 24.
His form that night persuaded the manager to give him an extended run, and he produced some of his best form yet for the club before injury struck.
In recent months, his left-wing berth has been filled by Steed Malbranque, who has performed admirably since being switched from his more accustomed role on the right.
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