Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen won't play for the rest of season after the club confirmed he will have an operation on his shoulder.
Brendan Rodgers has ruled out any chance of the operation being postponed until the end of the campaign, despite Allen being happy to persevere in order to play his part in Liverpool's pursuit of European football.
After learning that his rehabilitation would last between 10-12 weeks, Allen fought through the pain barrier to play a part in Liverpool's victory over Spurs at the weekend.
Liverpool want the centre midfielder fit before pre-season training starts in July though, meaning the operation would need to be done by early April to ensure the rehabilitation process is not rushed.
The problem first occurred when the Wales International dislocated his shoulder at school playing rugby, and wear and tear over the years has given him no option other than to go under the knife.
Allen, who turns 23 on Thursday, signed for the Reds for £15million in the summer before the problem reoccurred in October.
The issue was also aggravated during his time at Swansea City in May 2010, where he was out for a month after undergoing minor surgery.