A man has taken his former employer to tribunal, alleging he was the victim of unfair dismissal.
David Hodson performed the role of computer operator at SP Group - a printing firm with operations in a range of locations, including Birmingham and Burnley - until he was sacked after a period of absence, the Kidderminster Shuttle reports.
The 57-year-old travelled to Singapore for an eye operation following a workplace accident and took nearly two months off.
According to the business, he did so without convincing bosses of the need for the treatment.
Speaking during a recent tribunal, Mr Hodson said the retina in his right eye became detached after he was accidently struck on the back of his head by a stiffened rope.
He is seeking to be reinstated in the firm in another position if his case proves successful.
The hearing was adjourned so that further evidence could be gathered.