Fulham striker Adam Taggart is set for a further spell on the sidelines as he undergoes groin surgery.
The Australian World Cup star has yet to feature this season after moving to the Cottagers in the summer.
Taggart has been out with a lower abdominal injury and will now go under the knife in a bid to rectify the problem.
The 21-year-old posted a picture on his Instagram account on Friday lunchtime of him waiting in hospital for the operation
Fulham boss Felix Magath said before the defeat against Derby: “He’s improving but he’s not training with us. It will last a few more days.”
But the operation will now mean that Taggart is set to be out for at least four to six weeks while he recovers and regains fitness.
The youngster penned a three-year deal with the Whites after signing from Newcastle Jets for an undisclosed fee.
Taggart topped the A-League scoring charts with 16 goals last term, and appeared twice in Brazil as the Socceroos failed to make it out of their group.