Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez’s long-term knee injury is likely to keep him out for at least another six weeks, according to boss Ronald Koeman.
Rodriguez, 25, ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in a Premier League game against Manchester City in April.
"He had to make a step back in his recovery," said Koeman.
"That was a pity as when we spoke about the squad in the pre-season I said Jay will be like a fantastic signing for December or January, and he isn’t."
Southampton have lost their last five games, including a shock 1-0 defeat by Sheffield United in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.
They are fifth in the Premier League table, 13 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
He added: “All these kind of unlucky moments are part of the difficult time we are having.”