Siem De Jong is to be handed a coaching role to keep him switched on during his latest rehabilitation.

The Dutch star is facing eight weeks out after a “major” op on the second collapsed lung of his career.

Head coach John Carver will ask De Jong, who had been out with a groin problem since September, if he wants to help out by monitoring U21 games, and reporting back.

Carver said: “He’s such a positive guy he might be back quicker than anyone expects.

“I want to make him feel part of the club because I think he’s a little bit frustrated because he’s come here with a big reputation and he’s not been able to get on the pitch and give something to the fans.