The Coventry City striker, Leon Clarke, will have an operation to fix a re-occurring ankle problem.
The 28-year-old has been playing in pain over recent weeks but the club and medical staff have taken the decision to resolve the injury to stop any long-term problems.
The operation, which will happen on Monday, will mean Clarke will miss the rest of the Sky Blues' 2012/2013 season.
City's newly appointed boss Steven Pressley says the decision was made in the best interests of the striker's long-term fitness.
"Leon's ankle problem has been something that he has carried and the way he has performed despite this is a testament to him.
"We obviously need to bear in mind Leon's long-term fitness and felt this decision was the right one."