Boss Tony Mowbray doesn't expect to see Corry Evans back in a blue and white shirt this season.
The Northern Ireland international has missed the second half of the campaign with a groin injury and despite a couple of outings for the development squad, he isn't expected to return.
The manager has revealed that they are going to take the long-term approach to get to the root of the midfielder's problem, believing there is no point trying to rush him back before the end of the season.
"We've had a really positive meeting the other day, we got all the medical staff in, the doctors, the physios who have been working with him, the boy himself, and the sports science department," said Mowbray.
"So we came to hopefully a plan that is going to get him ready.
"In my mind it is not for this season, there is only four or five weeks to go of this season so I wanted to put his mind to rest that he shouldn't be chasing next week or the week after.
"He needs to start his programme of quite intense works on his body to make him more robust, to make him more ready to play football week in, week out.
"So hopefully it was music to his ears to know that I'm not sitting here thinking that we need him this week or the week after. I wanted him to just get down to his programme and working hard and we agree that he is going to work hard through the summer. The boy himself suggested that he comes in through the summer.
"So I think it is important for Corry Evans really, rather than for me or the football club, that he gets himself back to this robust footballer who can play week in, week out, for his body to withstand some knocks.
"Hopefully that is what we will get to by the time the start of the next pre-season comes around. That the boy is ready and able to play week in, week out."