Fulham have confirmed that Andy Johnson has been ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery on his knee.
The club sent Johnson to America earlier this week where he was operated on by the man credited for saving the careers of Alan Shearer and Michael Owen - world-renowned surgeon Dr Richard Steadman.
A statement on Fulham's official website read: "The club can confirm that following knee surgery in Colorado by eminent specialist Dr Richard Steadman, Andrew Johnson will not be available for the remainder of the current 09/10 season."
The statement continued: "Following the prognosis received from the surgeon, the Club fully expects Andrew to take part in the latter part of pre-season training in readiness for the new season."
Johnson's season has been plagued by injury. The 28-year-old's first setback came during the opening weeks of the season when he dislocated his collarbone during a Europa League qualifier with Russian side Amkar Perm.
The former England man made a quick recovery but was soon in the treatment room again after suffering a groin injury which ruled him out for another three months.
He made his long-awaited return in Fulham's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea just after Christmas but only played three more games before this latest setback.
The news comes as a particularly bad blow for Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, whose striking options have been reduced by injuries to key forwards recently.
Clint Dempsey is out until April and Zoltan Gera, who filled in up front in Johnson's absence, is also struggling with a knee injury.
Bobby Zamora has only just returned from a collarbone injury while Erik Nevland, David Elm and new signing Stefano Okaka have only played a handful of games between them.