Norwich do not expect Gary Doherty to be back until November.
The Republic of Ireland international defender has been out since July after suffering an ankle injury in the Canaries' opening pre-season game.
Manager Glenn Roeder is pleased with how Doherty is recovering, but does not expect a quick return.
"He's working very hard. The new physio, Simon Spencer, has been very impressed with him and his motivation, so we're just working away on a daily basis," said Roeder.
"If Doc's playing again before the end of October he will have done incredibly well.
"We're expecting some time in November for him to be fit to play."