Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale has suffered an injury blow which is likely to rule him out of action for three weeks.
The Serie A side's star striker will now miss a large chunk of pre-season after suffering a minor fracture to his right knee.
Di Natale picked up the injury during a training camp and will miss a string of friendlies as a result.
One plus point that has emerged is that Di Natale is likely to be able to maintain his fitness by participating in training, even if he cannot shoot with the injured leg.
Udinese coach Giovanni Galeone will be ruing the blow as he was keen to establish his system as early as possible for the new season.