Celtic captain Scott Brown could yet play some part in the club’s season, according to manager Neil Lennon.
The Scotland midfielder visited a specialist last month over an abductor problem and the Hoops are yet to decide whether or not the 27-year-old requires surgery.
The Hoops boss said the player would be out for four to six weeks if he requires an operation.
Brown’s last appearance came in the 3-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus in February.
Despite suffering from a hip problem earlier in the campaign, Brown has made 32 appearances for club and country this season.
Speaking at a media conference before the club’s SPL game with Ross County, Lennon said he hoped the player could return to action before the end of the campaign.
While the uncertainty over Brown’s availability continues, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan left the player out of his squad for the World Cup qualifiers with Wales and Serbia.