Aaron Lennon's hopes of appearing in the World Cup this summer have suffered another setback after he broke down in training with Tottenham Hotspur.
Lennon, who looked to be carving out a place as Fabio Capello's first-choice right winger after starting three World Cup qualifiers in succession against Croatia, Ukraine and Belarus in September and October, has not made an appearance in 2010.
A groin problem has prevented him from playing for club and country and while Lennon returned to training last week to raise hopes that he could be poised for a first-team comeback, he has suffered another setback in his recovery.
Lennon will miss Wednesday's Premier League fixture against arch rivals Arsenal and his manager, Harry Redknapp, is hoping the 22-year-old has time to prove his fitness to Capello in what remains of the season.
"He trained yesterday and had a bit of a setback again," Redknapp said on Tuesday. "Hopefully he'll be fit for the World Cup - I hope he's fit to play for Tottenham first and foremost.
"He's sore again. He's come out in training and felt a bit sore after. So I don't know. We just have to keep our fingers crossed but it's been a long time."