Jody Craddock is facing at least six more weeks on the sidelines following a setback in his recovery from injury, Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed.
The 35-year-old defender has been out of action with hip and and thigh problems since the 1-1 draw with West Ham in mid-October. Craddock had hoped to be back on the training ground in the near future, but further scans revealed the injury has not yet healed.
"Jody's going to be out for quite a while - it could be six to eight weeks," McCarthy told www.wolves.co.uk.
"It's still his hip and thigh - it's been bothering him. He had it scanned again and there's a tear in it.
"He's got to have some treatment on it but it's far worse than we thought. He won't be fit until after Christmas."
Meanwhile, winger Michael Kightly, who has already spent a lengthy spell out of action following knee surgery, needs a further operation - on the other knee to relieve inflammation of his patella tendon.
"The knee he's had done is great so he's having the other one done," said McCarthy. Kightly's latest surgery will take place on December 12.
The only consolation for McCarthy is skipper Karl Henry will be back available sooner than initially anticipated after suffering medial knee ligament damage against Blackpool.
It was feared the midfielder could be unavailable for two months.
But McCarthy said: "Karl is more likely to be out for four to six weeks from when he did it as opposed to six to eight weeks."