Nathan Thomas is likely to be out of action until January after being told he needs surgery to repair a torn muscle in his groin.
The Pools winger was re-scanned under the guidance of the surgeon on Wednesday evening and results confirmed the extent of the damage to his adductor-longus muscle.
Thomas will now undergo an operation in Bradford on Friday before beginning a rehabilitation programme in line with the surgeon’s protocols.
“Nathan will need two weeks rest after the surgery and then we will follow the advice we’re given,” explained Head Physio Ian Gallagher.
“This is quite a rare injury but he will be in good hands because we have enlisted the services of the best surgeon in the business for this type of problem.
“If all goes to plan with the operation then I would expect to see Nathan back in action at some point in January.”
Thomas sustained the injury in the process of striking a shot in the second half of Saturday's game at Barnet, during which he’d earlier scored his seventh goal of the season.