Tuesday 03 April 2012
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jamie O'Hara has been ruled out of the club's fight against relegation after undergoing surgery on a groin injury.
The 25-year-old has been struggling for full fitness since having double hernia surgery at the end of last year but did return to action in the Barclays Premier League victory over Queens Park Rangers in February.
He featured in his side's next four matches but required painkilling injections to play and in March, O'Hara was ruled out for four weeks in order to start a rehabilitation programme.
But the club have now announced that O'Hara has had an operation and will be out for between "six to eight weeks".
"It is hoped that surgery should rectify the problem"
- Steve Kemp
Wolves' final match of the season is against Wigan Athletic on 13th May, which is just under six weeks away.
"Jamie has been struggling with a groin problem for several months and every attempt had been made to maintain his availability whilst trying to strengthen and rehabilitate the groin at the same time," Steve Kemp, head of the club’s medical department, told Wolves' official website.
"Unfortunately this was not possible and it is hoped that surgery should rectify the problem - although it means he will be out for a further six to eight weeks."
Defender Jody Craddock is also set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a hamstring injury.
The 36-year-old, who has made only one League appearance this campaign, has been ruled out for five weeks.
"Jody has also undergone a minor procedure on a persistent hamstring problem and, while it is always difficult to predict, he is hoping to be available again within five weeks if his rehabilitation progresses well," explained Kemp.
Kemp added that both operations had been "successful".