The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin has confirmed he is to undergo surgery on his hip.
It is estimated that the 25-year-old will be out of action for between three and four months, ruling him out for the opening few months of the season.
The injury was picked up during a workout last week, when Harvin was said to have a possible slight tear in the labrum, and he travelled to New York for medical advice on Tuesday.
The Seahawks general manager John Schneider had hoped that surgery would not be required, but it was eventually deemed unavoidable, and Dr. Bryan Kelly will carry out the procedure on Thursday.
Harvin announced via his Twitter page in the early hours of this morning about the surgery, but dedicated his thanks to Seahawks fans for their support.
He wrote: “When everything is goin good sometimes life throw u a curve ball... sorry to half to report that my injury will require surgery...”
“Nobody was more anxious and excited about season then....but I will be back strong as ever..I appreciate all the love and prayers 12th man.”
Harvin signed for the Seahawks from the Minnesota Vikings in March, and will have to wait to make his debut for them.
This is not the first time he will have missed the opening to a season, as illness kept him out of the beginning of the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
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