Stuart Pearce has revealed Andy Reid will undergo surgery today, but the manager feels it will be a positive step for the midfielder.
Reid returned to light training recently after suffering with a groin problem since September. But the club have decided surgery, which is likely to keep the Irishman out for more than a month, is required to help him make a full recovery.
Pearce said: “We’ve got him to a level of 85%-90% fitness, but he’s still suffering slight pain when pushing on to the next level.
“We saw three or four specialists last week to get varying opinions and we think some minor surgery is needed. That’ll happen this afternoon and the timescale we’ve been given is four-to-six weeks.
“Now he’s got that clarity of knowing it can be solved surgically, he can move on from there.”
Pearce’s men travel to face Fulham tomorrow night and the manager is otherwise pleased with his squad situation.
He revealed that Danny Fox will be assessed in training today and also praised the robust nature of Michail Antonio and Britt Assombalonga.
The former sustained a knock to the ribs against Derby, while Assombalonga played through the pain barrier with a hip injury.
Both sat out of training yesterday but Pearce says they are ‘doing their level best’ to be fit for the match.
After the Fulham game comes a free weekend for The Reds, and Pearce is looking forward to giving some of his players extra time to recover.
He said: “We have a ten-day break because the game has been brought forward.
“We can give the players a couple of days off after this, and hopefully that will give the likes of Mancienne and Fryatt, to name but two, the opportunity to come back into contention for the Millwall game.”
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