Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has admitted Jonathan Woodgate is in danger of missing out on his final squad eligible to compete in the new Premier League season.
Each club must submit a final 25-man squad list on August 31 and only those players listed can compete in league games until the winter transfer window opens on January 1.
Woodgate has been sidelined since last November with a long-running groin problem which required surgery.
It is the latest in a long line of injury lay-offs for the 30-year-old former Leeds United, Newcastle and Real Madrid defender and Redknapp is currently concerned about his ability to fully recover.
"Woody's nowhere near at the moment. Nowhere near," Redknapp told the Daily Star.
"It must be really hard for him. He's nowhere near kicking a ball.
"He's been out for a year, been in America and Australia, but he's still nowhere near.
"I just couldn't put him in my 25. It's impossible at the moment.
"If he doesn't start playing before the start of the season he's got no chance. You can't have somebody in who's never going to play.
"To have any chance, he's got to be back playing, otherwise you couldn't possibly have him in the 25. Not at the moment, and he's a long way off now."