A Norwich City footballer could miss the opening fixture of the new season after magistrates refused to postpone his trial on a motoring offence in the West Midlands.
Striker Grant Holt is due to stand trial at Market Drayton Magistrates' Court in Shropshire on Friday, the same day as his team's televised clash with Watford.
Holt, who denies failing to give the identity of a vehicle's driver, will face a journey of more than 200 miles to Norwich after the case is complete in order to make the 7.45pm kick-off.
The 29-year-old, who has also played for Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Shrewsbury Town, is alleged to have failed to provide West Mercia Police with information relating to a Peugeot 307 in May 2009.
Magistrates were asked earlier this week to postpone the case in order to allow Holt, originally from Cumbria, to play against Watford, but rejected the request, which was opposed by the prosecution.