Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone will miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed he will need a second operation on an ankle injury.
The 25-year-old will go under the knife on Friday, having been sidelined since August with damage to ligaments in his ankle.
In his absence, Scott Parker and Luka Modric have thrived in Harry Redknapp's midfield. And, the former Derby County man will now have to wait until next season before attempting to dislodge the duo from the Spurs first team.
Since signing for the club in 2005, Huddlestone has seen his promising career blighted by a series of injuries.
And after making just four appearances for the North London club this season, the England international was clearly frustrated by the latest set back.
Speaking on Twitter, he said: "Thanks for msgs [sic]! My season is over b4 its even started, operation friday!! Main objective is to make sure I'm 100% for pre-season."
Tottenham have also released a statement on the Huddlestone situation, and were keen to stress that the operation was part of the player's rehabilitation and that he was progressing well.
The statement on Tottenham's official site read: "Tom Huddlestone will undergo a second stage of surgery on Friday to further his recovery following ankle surgery at the end of last year.
"The midfielder has progressed well since his initial surgery, with the specialist determining that the anticipated reconstruction of a lateral ankle ligament is the next step towards the England international making a return to full fitness."