Rangers striker Nacho Novo will miss the start of the season after suffering a shoulder injury in training on Friday.
The Spaniard will see a specialist next week to determine the extent of the injury, but he will definitely miss the opening day of the SPL next week.
The news comes as a blow to manager Walter Smith as Novo was showing impressive pre-season form which included a goal against free-spending Manchester City in a 3-2 win on Wednesday.
Novo was withdrawn from the squad due to face Premier League side Portsmouth on Saturday which leaves Smith short of options up front as Kyle Lafferty serves a suspension.
Lafferty will miss the first three games of the season after being hit with a further two-match ban by the Scottish FA for feigning injury in May's SPL victory over Aberdeen.
The 22-year-old collapsed clutching his face as though he had been struck by Dons defender Charlie Mulgrew, who appeared to make no contact.
The Northern Ireland international has since apologised for his unsporting behaviour and after the SFA's disciplinary committee re-evaluated the incident, Lafferty has been banned for a further two games.
The 6ft 4 striker has seven days to launch an appeal against the decision but is not expected to do so.