West Ham striker Craig Bellamy faces another six weeks on the sidelines after undergoing a second operation on his persistent abdominal injury.
Bellamy has struggled with the problem all season, making just seven league starts for the Hammers since his £7.5million summer switch from Liverpool, and he first went under the knife in October.
The Wales captain returned to action off the bench in West Ham's defeat at Wigan three weeks ago - but he was still suffering and it was decided he needed another operation.
West Ham physio George Cooper said earlier this week: 'He has been absolutely brilliant.
'Everything he has done has got him back to almost being ready and there is a feeling that if he carries on with slight symptoms they are likely to get worse rather than better. The symptoms have to go.'
Bellamy took advantage of the enforced surgery by also undergoing a procedure on his knee.
Scott Parker is set to resume training on Monday after recovering from a knee injury, while Kieron Dyer is also on the road to recovery following an horrific leg break.
Striker Bobby Zamora played a full 90 minutes for the reserves last night and is set to have one more run-out on Monday before returning to first team contention.