Aston Villa defender Mark Delaney is growing increasingly frustrated with his troublesome knee injury and will see a specialist on Friday to try to get to the bottom of the problem.
The Wales international has not played for Martin O'Neill's improving side so far this term because of the problem and is not enjoying his time on the sidelines.
"It's unfortunate that I haven't progressed as I wanted," he told Villa's official website. "I'm going to see a specialist today (Friday) to see whether any more can be done.
"It's pretty minor and if there's some surgery to be done, it will be nothing major. But it's a difficult time for me - it's my right knee again but hopefully there's better news this time.
"I'm bewildered by it to be honest and I've decided to see someone else to see whether I need to rest it or start training again.
"I've had a lot of swelling so I had to rest it to get that down but now there's soreness. I'm now in the process of looking at alternatives to see whether I can start doing anything.
"It's the same knee I've seen people about before but I keep picking up little niggles which keep me out for a couple of weeks here and there.
"It's just so frustrating because I haven't been able to prove myself under the new manager. All the lads are doing well and I'm having to watch the games on TV."