Alexander Hleb must wait until October to make his debut for Wolfsburg as his recovery from knee surgery drags on.
The midfielder is eager to get started with his new employers, having completed a loan switch from Barcelona on transfer deadline day.
His deal is only due to run until the end of the year, so every game he misses seriously encroaches on the impact he will be able to make.
Wolfsburg knew that Hleb was injured when they snapped him up and are prepared to be patient.
They hope the Belarusian will be back in action sooner rather than later, with Hleb admitting that he is 'two weeks' away from a return to training.
He went under the knife in June and is determined to recapture his best form upon his return to full fitness.
Hleb admits he is 'happy to be back in the Bundesliga' and is looking forward to working under Felix Magath, having previously spent time under his tutelage at Stuttgart.
Magath believes he has acquired an 'exceptional footballer' and believes Hleb will be a useful addition to his side once fully recovered.
The 30-year-old playmaker may be some way down the pecking order at Camp Nou, forcing him to take in loan spells at Stuttgart and Birmingham, but he remains a potential match-winner on his day and Wolfsburg are delighted to have him on board.