Dundalk are hopeful of having midfielder Sean Murray back available for first-team selection by the middle of April.
The 27-year-old’s two seasons at Oriel Park up until now have been hampered by injury problems with further concerns raised over his availability when it was revealed he had travelled to England last week for surgery on a troublesome groin issue.
Thankfully the operation went well with the former Watford star returning to Ireland last week.
According to team manager Shane Keegan, he will now face around a fortnight out before he can return to full training.
Asked about the player who scored three big European goals last season, Keegan said: “He came back on Wednesday or Thursday. Timeline wise he’s probably looking at about two weeks out.
“It’s sore enough at the moment but at the same time they’ve also told us that the soreness will go away pretty quickly so I’d say he should be back within two weeks or so.
“I know people were probably concerned when they heard he was going to England but that was just the best place to get done what he needed to get done so it’ll probably be a couple of weeks before he’s back in with the group and then maybe a couple of weeks will be needed to get him up to the match tempo of fitness as well.
“It will take until maybe the middle of next month but it’s not something that is going to rule him out for any significant period. I would still regard that as reasonably short term,” he said.