Cheltenham Town striker Elvis Hammond has undergone surgery on an ankle injury which has troubled him in recent weeks.
The 28-year-old will miss the rest of the season but hopes to be back in action for the start of the next campaign.
Town sports therapist Ian Weston told the club's official website: "When Elvis was at Leicester City he suffered a stress fracture of the ankle that kept him out of football for a long while.
"Ten months ago he had a screw put into the ankle, but recently he has been experiencing some discomfort with it.
"Yesterday's operation found that the screw had worked loose and was causing an impingement, so it has now been removed in order to alleviate the discomfort.
"There is a fairly short rehabilitation time from this operation of only two to three weeks, but obviously there is very little time left this season, so he won't play in any of the remaining games."