Preston midfielder Paul Coutts will undergo surgery on Monday in a bid to get him fully fit for next season.
The 21-year-old played his final game of this campaign in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Coventry. Boss Darren Ferguson revealed Coutts had been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks having suffered groin and hip injuries.
He saw a specialist last week about the damage and is poised an the operation which has a three-month recovery time.
"Paul is having an operation. He's got a real problem with his groin and a problem with his hip too," Ferguson told the Lancashire Evening Post. "He will be out for a good three months, hopefully getting it done now will mean he is okay for pre-season training."
He added: "Paul has been carrying the injury for a little while but credit to him, he's dug in and played. I have to say that for the last three or four games he has not performed as well as he could. Maybe that is me being over-critical because I know how good the lad can be.
"He went to see the specialist last week who couldn't do the operation until Monday. Playing him one last time on Saturday wasn't going to do any more harm."
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