Matt Murray's football career is hanging in the balance after Wolves manager Mick McCarthy confirmed that the goalkeeper faces yet another injury lay-off.
The 28-year-old has endured an injury-plagued career and has not featured in the Wolves first team since May 2007.
He damaged the patella tendon he ruptured a year ago while on loan at Hereford United when he limped out of a reserve team game against Birmingham City's second string last month.
McCarthy said:"Matt won't be fit until next year. I know we're in December now, but it's going to be months. There's no surgery required, but he needs to get the knee sorted out.
"I don't really know the extent of it but he's going to be out for a few months. Matt will keep fighting on though. He was at least happy there was no surgery needed."
Meanwhile, the head of the club's medical department, Steve Kemp, added:"In light of the past complications with this injury, we're making every effort to ensure this rehabilitation is successful this time.
"The positive side is the injury doesn't require surgery."