Wolves winger Stephen Hunt is facing an injury lay off after it was revealed that the former Reading player will undergo surgery on his hip.
Speaking to the club's official website, Wolves manager Stale Solbakken confirmed that the Republic of Ireland international would have the problem 'addressed' in order to prolong his career.
“[Stephen Hunt] has had this problem for a long time where it feels loose around his hip and he needs to have this addressed because he’s 31, not 41 and he has a few years left playing in him,” said the Wolves boss.
Solbakken added that the 31-year-old attacking midfielder had tried to 'play through the pain barrier' for a number of weeks in order to impress, but that it was time to treat the injury.
He said: “I think we saw how he was affected in the Chelsea game and he will need to have an operation. He doesn’t feel 100 per cent and I think he has to do something about it now.
“He has tried to play through the pain barrier for quite a few weeks and wanted to impress me but has not been able to do himself justice,” added Solbakken.