NIGEL Clough is hoping that the injured Liam Boyce will be able to undergo his operation to repair his ACL sooner rather than later, but admits the striker will miss majority of the season.
The manager said: "He's seeing a specialist this morning then hopefully we will have a better indication as to when the operation will be and we will take it from there.
"Sometimes when there is a lot of swelling they like to let it settle down for a few weeks before they operate.
"He's not had too much swelling so we're hoping to get him in sooner rather than later and then the recovery process starts from there."
There is a possibility that Liam Boyce could recover for the final few games of the season, although Clough doesn't want to rush the striker back into action.
"We're just saying he's out for the season for now as it's a minimum of seven months," said Clough. "If he went in for the operation tomorrow by the time he gets up to speed and everything you're talking well into April so I think we're safe to say he's out for the season.
"If he gets back for any number of weeks then that will be huge bonus but then there's a risk. Unless there is something greatly at stake we wouldn't rush him back for them few games."