Swansea have been dealt a blow with the news that defender Alan Tate faces a six-week lay-off through injury.
The 24-year-old has made numerous failed attempts to regain full fitness after a knee injury but a scan has since revealed that a fractured and chipped knee cap has been continuously halting Tate's progress.
The injury had previously gone unnoticed, and manager Roberto Martinez is hopeful that Tate will defy the diagnosis and make a swift return to action, despite the blow to his early-season plans.
Martinez told the club's official website: "We knew there was something wrong because we just couldn't get him right.
"He would get so far in training, but we just couldn't complete the rehabilitation.
'Could have been worse'
"But I suppose it could have been worse and six weeks with Alan will probably mean five - he's that keen to play and train."
Tate has mirrored Martinez's optimism, and has set himself clear targets as to when he can return to first-team action.
"I've tried to come back three times in training, but it probably made it worse," Tate said.
"Hopefully after the six weeks I'll have a few weeks in the reserves and then try and get back in the first team with the rest of the lads as soon as possible."
Meanwhile, Martinez has been reported to be interested in Blackpool striker Keigan Parker.
The 25-year-old netted 16 times last season in his side's successful promotion campaign, but has since been linked with a move away from Bloomfield Road.