Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton is scheduled to have a double hernia operation this summer.
The 30-year-old will travel to Munich next month for the procedure, and it is hoped that he will be fit in time to boost the Capital One Cup holders' bid to reach the group stages of next season's Europa League.
Britton has played on despite carrying the problem for the last couple of months, missing just one of the Swans' last eight Premier League matches as they secured a top-half finish.
"For the last two months of the season my groin has felt quite tight, but I wanted to play through the pain and finish the season," he told the club's official website.
"I missed parts of training in that time but it was necessary to ensure I was available for the games, although I did struggle a little bit in the last four to six weeks.
"I've had one hernia since December, and a scan around four weeks or so ago showed I had another one.
"So I will be flying out to Germany with Kate [Rees, Swansea's head physiotherapist] on June 2 and I'll have the operation two days later before flying back on the sixth.
"I've had a hernia operation before, around 2005, so I know the procedure.
"It means I will come in during the summer to do some rehab which will make sure I'm ready for pre-season training.
"Next season will be huge for us as we will be involved in four competitions, so I want to make sure I'm fit and ready when we report back for pre-season."
Michael Laudrup's side will contest a two-legged tie in the third qualifying round of the tournament at the beginning of August, with a subsequent play-off later in the month should they progress before reaching the competition proper.