HIBS midfielder John McGinn will go under the knife today after failing to play through the pain barrier.
The Scotland international faces being out of action for up to three months after surgery on his troublesome left ankle.
McGinn has calcified bone on his ankle, which has led to discomfort in his right knee. The only solution now is surgery.
The playmaker has been a driving force for the Championship leaders and boss Neil Lennon had hoped he would be able to nurse him through to the crunch clash with promotion rivals Dundee United on December 2.
But it’s now been agreed, with the pain worsening, that it’s better for the problem to be dealt with.
Lennon will now search the January transfer market for a ready-made replacement and has already been linked with his ex-Celtic player Kris Commons, who doesn’t feature in Brendan Rodgers’ plans and is out of contract in the summer.