Milan Baros has been ruled out of Aston Villa's match away to Manchester City in the Premiership on Monday.
The Czech international striker is still troubled by the Achilles tendon problem he initially suffered during the Carling Cup tie away to Wycombe Wanderers six weeks ago. He has not played for Villa since.
David O'Leary, the Villa manager, hopes that Baros may be able to start light training at the weekend but he will not be fit enough for the meeting with Stuart Pearce's side.
"He is doing some work in the swimming pool at the moment but that is all he is doing," O'Leary said. "He is improving but he has got no chance for Monday. He has not been able to get out on to the grass to train yet.
"He might be able to start doing that on Saturday but the game with City will be far too early for him. He has done hardly anything for the last five to six weeks."
Baros's only action during his period out of the Villa team was for his country against Holland in a World Cup qualifying match when Czech medical officials gave him a cortisone injection to enable him to play. But the injection was given without the Czechs informing Villa officials. O'Leary was upset by this and also knows that he will be able to do little to stop the player from being released to participate in the World Cup play-offs in a fortnight's time if Baros makes a sufficient recovery.
"I'm not concerned about that because there is nothing we can do about it," O'Leary said. "We will have to release him. That's the way the rules stand.
"All I know is that since he came back from the World Cup qualifiers, we have not been able to play him and the injection they gave him made the situation worse."
Gavin McCann and Mark Delaney are both in contention after playing the full 90 minutes against Burnley in the Carling Cup on Tuesday after recovering from knee injuries.
James Milner, the Villa midfield player who is on loan from Newcastle United, has revealed his dream to emulate Kieran Richardson and gate-crash England's World Cup plans.
Richardson came to Sven-G^ran Eriksson's attention during a successful loan spell with West Bromwich Albion last season when he helped the club survive in the Premiership.
The Manchester United player, who recently signed a new four-year contract, scored twice on his senior debut for his country against the United States in Chicago in May.
Milner, aged 19, is making a similar impact at Villa this
season and was man of the match in the Carling Cup win over Burnley. He also played a major part in ensuring England Under-21s reached the Uefa Championship play-offs next month.
"England is an ambition for me, definitely," Milner said. "Everyone wants to play for their country. I'm lucky to have 16-17 caps for the Under-21s which gives you experience.
"That makes it a bit easier when you step up to the full squad and everyone wants to achieve that honour. At the moment I am just concentrating on playing well for Villa and that's the form that gets you into the full squad.
"Hopefully I can have a good season and it will be great to get a chance with the full squad as well. Look at Kieran Richardson and Wayne Rooney. If you play good club football, you will get your chance but at the moment it is at the back of the mind.
"I am just focusing on doing the business at Villa and you will get your chance if you do well for your club."
Milner is relishing playing Premiership football on a regular basis with Villa after getting only restricted chances at Newcastle United following his switch to the north-east from Leeds United, where David O'Leary had been manager at the time.
"Every footballer wants to play every week and I'm no different," Milner said. "I knew it was going to be difficult when I signed for Newcastle with the players they have got.
"I just want to become the best player I can become; play as well as I can and, with playing in the first team every week and the players Villa have got, I can become a better player and learn a lot more."