The good news is there's light at the end of the injury tunnel for full-back Dan Jones, the bad news is that it's not as close as once hoped.
Successive recent trips to see specialists have finally got to the bottom of the 29-year-old's persistent foot problem, with Jones now going under the knife again to solve the underlying issue.
Manager Danny Wilson went into further detail: "Dan will have to go in for another operation, unfortunately. It's a bone graft that he's going to have done on his foot, the last one didn't seem to take. We're expecting Dan out for another couple or three months.
"First and foremost it's settled his mind a little bit that they know exactly what it is, we've been jumping from one thing to another in the last few weeks and nobody's been able to pin it down.
"Thankfully we now know what it is and the surgeon expects to be able to remedy it, so that's good news in the long term. In the short term it's a frustration for Dan but there's nothing he can do about it, that's football."
The foot problem first surface last November against Swindon Town, and after returns to first the reserve side and then in pre-season were curtailed due to continued pain in the area, Jones is now hoped to be back before Christmas.
Wilson feels his defender still has plenty to offer during this campaign: "By the time he does come back there will still be a hell of a lot of football still to play. We'll have 20-plus games still to play, if not more, so there's a lot still to look forward to and work towards."