Preston North Finish striker Ched Evans would require surgical procedure after creating “a critical medical situation” from “repeated excessive power contact”.
The Championship membership mentioned the 34-year-old faces “doubtlessly life-changing penalties”.
In a press release, Preston mentioned they’d consulted with the nation’s main specialists over the previous week.
“All events are hopeful that Ched shall be again taking part in and scoring in a PNE shirt sooner or later,” the membership mentioned.
Their assertion continued: “Extra widespread in American soccer and rugby gamers, the situation requires surgical procedure to deal with his present signs and to forestall any additional harm from occurring sooner or later.”
Former Wales worldwide Evans has missed the previous two video games with a neck damage and final featured for the membership when he scored of their 2-1 win towards Rotherham on 14 March.
“He is been to see the highest specialists and shall be having an operation sooner or later. We will wait to see how he recovers,” boss Ryan Lowe instructed BBC Radio Lancashire.
“We’ll do all the precise issues to get him again on the grass however his well being is an important factor. He is had this for a few years the place he is felt the results of the bangs.
“I get a lump in my throat once I give it some thought, he is 34 not 24, he is coming to the again finish of his profession however he is in a wealthy vein of kind. He is disillusioned he can not help the lads between now and the tip of the season.
“He is okay however the information is best than what we thought it was as a result of he can have surgical procedure and there is a good likelihood he’ll put on a Preston North Finish shirt once more.”