ANDY Reid is facing another spell on the sidelines as the Dubliner has been forced to undergo surgery yet again.
Reid, 32, has not featured for Nottingham Forest since September and while there was hope earlier this month that he was on his way back to full fitness, he has suffered a set back with his groin injury which necessitated another operation yesterday.
Reid is now out for up to six weeks, forcing him to miss a key run of games for his club and also making him as doubt for the March Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland in Dublin.
"Andy will have an operation that will see him sidelined for four to six weeks," said Forest boss Stuart Pearce.
"It is a blow for us, and for him. We had done the recovery work on his injury, which enabled him to get back to a certain level. But we could not break past a level of pain he was still getting.
"We have seen four specialists with him now and have now decided to go down this route.
"We hope that will be successful and that his recovery will get him back on the football pitch well before the end of the season," added Pearce.
Forest have struggled since Reid was forced out of the side - they were on top of the league table when he got injured five months ago - and Pearce is eager to see the popular Dubliner back fit for the tail end of their promotion challenge.
"We hope to see him back to play a part. We have no reason to believe that the surgery will not solve the problem," said Pearce.
"We hope that it will solve this last bit of pain he is still feeling."
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane is a big admirer of Reid but the Dubliner's international career has been one of frustration since Martin O'Neill and Keane took over.
Reid featured as a sub in O'Neill's first game in charge of Ireland, the home win over Latvia, but due to injury he has not been involved since then.
Meanwhile, Mick McCarthy will have to cope without Ireland forward David McGoldrick for tonight's Championship clash with Brighton. Former Ireland keeper Paddy Kenny is added to the Ipswich squad after his move from Bolton yesterday.