Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United team-mate Darren Fletcher would have been in contention for a Team GB spot had it not been for a chronic bowel condition which threatens his career.
Fletcher was forced to take an indefinite break from football in December and is yet to return to training at Old Trafford.
An enforced spell out of action means he was unable to stake a claim for a place in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad for the 2012 Olympics.
No Scots have made the British squad, but Giggs feels Fletcher would have been a serious contender for an over-age spot had he been fully fit.
The Welsh midfielder, who hopes his club colleague will soon be back in action, said: "Fletch is concentrating on trying to get fit for United so I don't think he would have been thinking too much about missing out on this.
"Hopefully he will just start training and playing again because he is a talent and a really important player for both United and Scotland.
"But I'm sure if he had been playing regularly then Stuart would have had a decision to make because he definitely would have been in the reckoning."
Giggs, who has been named Team GB skipper, is gearing up for his first outing at a major international tournament and admits claiming a gold medal on home soil would rank alongside anything he has achieved so far in his glittering club career.
"I don't like to prioritise medals because every single one means something special," he said.
"But, of course, this would be different because you never thought you'd be competing in an Olympics.
"To win a gold medal would be special."