David Accam's hopes of playing again this season will depend on how far his club, Philadelphia Union, progress in Major League Soccer playoffs.
The Ghanaian is currently in the treatment after going under the knife to "clean up sports hernia repair from last season" last week, according to The U.
It has emerged that the 28-year-old would return to action after eight weeks, which coincides with the end of the regular season. He would be able to play if his side make the MLS Cup final set for December 8.
The development is the latest setback for the attacker, who, by his own lofty standards, has had an underwhelming first season with The U following his transfer from Chicago Fire in February.
After hitting 14 goals in 31 league games involving 25 starts last term, the Ghana international has registered just one strike in 23 outings involving 13 starts so far this term.
Accam's high MLS rating transcends last season.
He netted 10 goals in his first season with Fire before hitting nine the following campaign.
His tally saw him finish both terms as the Men in Red's top scorer, in addition to winning the Best Player awards.
Although he failed to pick the top scorer's accolade at Fire last season, he was once again adjudged Best Player of the season, giving him the award for the third successive time.
He moved to the USA in 2015 after stints with Helsingborgs and Ostersunds in Sweden.