Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out midfielder Jack Wilshere until October due to his ongoing injury problems.
Wilshere missed the whole of last season as well as the subsequent European Championships and Olympics.
His initial problem was an ankle injury but the 20-year-old England international also underwent knee surgery in May.
Wenger has confirmed that Wilshere is still struggling, while revealing brighter news about another long-term injury concern Abou Diaby, who also failed to make a single start last season.
"Hopefully, we will get Wilshere back playing for October," said Wenger.
"With Abou Diaby returning, it will be like signing two new players. This season, the squad will be strong and competitive."
An October return for Wilshere would rule him out of England's opening two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, which take place in early September.