Sheffield Wednesday club captain Steve Watson has been ruled out of action for the rest of the season after having surgery on his hip.
The 34-year-old midfielder, out of contract at Hillsborough in the summer, has been struggling with the injury for most of the season and has had a three-hour operation in a bid to resolve the problem.
Watson told the club's official website: "In all it will probably be four months, which is a nightmare, but it had to be done. I had been carrying this injury through most of the season and had a number of injections."
He added: "I have missed a fair number of midweek games, which wasn't ideal but since the Christmas schedule the hip stopped recovering after games.
"My last full game was against Ipswich (January 10) and for three weeks after that I did very little training. Once I did start training it wasn't getting any better and I was struggling to shoot and turn so it was a bad scenario for all involved."
Watson, whose career stretches back to 1991 when he made his debut as a 16-year-old for hometown club Newcastle, added: "Once the surgeon told me there could be long-term implications there was only one decision to be made, but the club have been brilliant and the gaffer has been right behind me."
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