Nigeria international striker Ikechukwu Uche has expressed his delight after he underwent an operation on his injured left knee.
The 25-year-old Uche will be sidelined for at least six months after damaging his knee in Real Zaragoza's 4-1 loss to Sevilla in La Liga two weeks ago.
But an operation on Friday in Spain was successful in an effort to sort the damaged cruciate ligaments of his left knee.
"I'm glad that everything went well in the end and the road to recovery begins now," Uche told Goal.com
"Thank God everything went pretty well and the doctor is quite optimistic that depending on my recovery, I should be out for at least six months but I am not in a hurry.
"I want to use this opportunity to thank the fans, officials and media for their prayers and support before, during and after this operation.
"I am grateful and know that God will equally stay with them during their hour of needs."
Uche is Nigeria's top scorer so far in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers with four goals and his absence will come as a huge blow for the country, as they face a daunting task of qualifying for the finals in South Africa.
The striker will now miss the Super Eagles' last two 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Mozambique in October and then Kenya a month later.
He will also not feature at the African Cup of Nations Cup in Angola in January.
But the former Recreativo and Getafe man has insisted he won’t rush himself back to action, saying that there are capable strikers in the Super Eagles to get the goals that will propel Nigeria to the World Cup.
"We have capable strikers to take us there and the absence of one player alone cannot make a difference in a squad full of so much talent," he said.
"We can never stop believing; we fight and die till the end, take care of our business against Mozambique and Kenya, and watch our destiny unfolds.
"We have been found wanting in all ramifications, we all have our faults but enough of throwing blames, now is time to stay focus because it is not over yet.
"The key word is fight, restore the faith our fans have in us and shrug off the perennial underachiever’s tag."
Nigeria are currently second in Group Two with six points, two points behind leaders Tunisia.
Uche signed a four-year contract with Zaragoza in July after leaving another Spanish side, Getafe.
Samm Audu, Goal.com