Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone will undergo surgery on his left knee and faces an anxious wait to see if he will be fit for England Under-21s' European Championship campaign this summer.
The 22-year-old was understood to be carrying the slight problem through the last few months and he will now go under the knife and miss the last part of Spurs' Premier League season.
"The operation will rule the midfielder out of our final fixture of the season at Liverpool on Sunday," read a statement from the club.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is already without Wilson Palacios for the rest of the campaign due to a family bereavement, while fellow midfielder Jermaine Jenas came off during the Manchester City win at the weekend through illness.
Redknapp is also monitoring the fitness of centre-back Jonathan Woodgate, who was thought to have injured his groin against City.
Spurs need to win against Liverpool on Sunday and hope Fulham lose their final game of the season if they are to qualify for the Europa League.
"Fulham look nailed on. But it is possible," Redknapp said.