18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
The timing of the operation means the 22 times capped hooker will miss the opening matches of this season's Six Nations championship.
He will definitely miss Wales' matches against Italy on 15 February and against England the following weekend at the Millennium Stadium.
And the 32 year-old may not have recovered in time to make the trip to Scotland on 8 March.But Llanelli management will be hoping McBryde will be part of their squad for their crucial Heineken Cup quarter-final against Perpignan on 11 April.