Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar has confirmed he will undergo groin surgery this summer in the hope that he will be fully fit for the start of the new season.
The South Africa captain will go under the knife after returning for international duty in order to cure the complaint that has been troubling him for a number of months.
"The injury has been giving me lots of problems over the last few months," said the 29-year-old. "I’ve decided to go for the operation after the international."
Pienaar was restricted to only five league starts for Spurs last season after moving to White Hart Lane from Everton in January, while he made a further three appearances format the bench.
Competition for places in the Tottenham midfield is certainly fierce, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon and Sandro all vying for starting berths.
This bevy of talent in the middle of the park is likely to see a few faces depart White Hart Lane in the summer, with Wilson Palacios expected to be the first victim.
The Honduran is reportedly close to joining Serie A side Napoli, with the 26-year-old confirming 'advanced negotiations are taking place.
"The next few days will be key for my future," Palacios told the Daily Mirror. "There are advanced negotiations but I will await news from London."