Michael Dawson has suffered a slight setback in his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury, after attempting to step up his recovery with Tottenham's team of medical staff earlier this week.
The stand-in Spurs skipper suffered the problem in training in the middle of September and was initially expected to be sidelined for a minimum of two months.
"I was outside running earlier in the week but the Achilles was still a little sore, so I've had to take a step back and concentrate on working in the gym," Dawson told the club's official website.
"The physios aren't too worried as I've been in a protective boot for a couple of weeks and I need to strengthen it up.
"I'm obviously a little down, but you never know with injuries and rehab, so we'll wait and see.
"I'll have a weekend's rest now and then it will be back to it next week. It's so disappointing to be injured and I was with Tom Huddlestone in the gym this week, he's also out and it's a hard time for a footballer, it's the side of the game people don't see."
The 27-year-old spoke of his hunger to return to first-team action at the earliest opportunity, and revealed how the injury has made him sympathise with players who struggle with their fitness, such as injury-plagued captain Ledley King.
"As I said before, footballers tend to take for granted being fit, I certainly do, but you soon realise when you are injured how lucky you are to be out there playing week in, week out," he added.
"You just have to keep working hard and your body will be ready when it's ready."