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New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski is set  to go under the knife in an attempt to repair the torn anterior and medial cruciate ligaments in his right knee, reports CBS Sports.

The tight end suffered the serious injury in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns, effectively ending his season and putting his career in jeopardy.

After an initial four week delay, it is now being reported that the swelling in his knee has subsided enough to perform the surgery to attempt to repair the damage.

Dr. James Andrew, who consulted the Patriots star before when he injured his forearm at the start of the season, is set to perform the surgery.

It's another blow for the fourth-year tight end, who has had to come through a succession of injuries in the past year.

Since November 2012, Gronkowski has gone under the knife six times and has missed 14 games over the last two seasons, including nine in 2013.

The Patriots have marched on in his absence, however, and take on the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional game on Saturday night after storming the AFC East with a 12-4 record. 

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