Exeter City defender Troy Archibald-Henville has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury and will miss the first two months of the season.
Archibald-Henville enjoyed two loan spells with Exeter before clinching a permanent move to St James Park from Tottenham in the January transfer window.
However, he was immediately struck down by a knee injury and is still waiting to pull on a Grecians shirt again.
His comeback has been delayed further and Exeter boss Paul Tisdale confirmed it will be a while before the youngster is ready for first-team football.
"Troy has come back from his injury and (his knee) is a little bit puffy, which tends to be quite common when you come back from a knee operation," Tisdale told the Express & Echo.
"I think he's got to go back in for a little bit more of an investigation into his knee and I think he will be another couple of months.
"It is not a problem other than he just needs to have it tidied up a bit. It is quite normal and happened to David Noble and players that have been in a similar situation, so he is not quite there yet.
"We won't see him for a few months yet."