Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne looks certain to miss the World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria in March after undergoing surgery in America.
Dunne, 33, went under the knife on Thursday — the third operation he has had to try and cure the groin and hip injury that he suffered at the European championships.
Despite the fact that Dunne was injured on international duty, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has insisted that the club will not be seeking any compensation from the FAI.
Dunne’s comeback hopes have now been pushed back well into 2013 and he looks to have little chance of being match fit in time to face Sweden and Austria.
Lambert said: “Richard has had the operation in America and we are all hoping that once and for all it will be cleared up.
“This was the only place where we could get it done.
“He will come back over from the States in the next few days and hopefully start his re-hab and then begin to look to the future.
“The problem all stemmed from the hip area. That is where it came from.
“I’ve never seen anything like this and the medical people have never seen anything like this either. We have got to hope it has now been cleared up by this operation.
“The original injury occurred at the Euros and sometimes you can get to the bottom of it quickly and on other occasions it takes longer than you think.
“As a footballer you get frustrated because you cannot put your finger on the problem.”
Lambert confirmed Villa were not seeking compensation and added: “We have not been down that road. Injuries can happen to players.”
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