Manchester United winger Nani is facing yet another month on the sidelines with what manager David Moyes has called a "bad hamstring injury."
The Portuguese midfielder hasn't featured for United since he played over an hour of the 1-0 home defeat against Newcastle back in early December.
Moyes added: "He's getting closer now but I think it will be another month until he will be ready to play."
Despite being plagued by injury problems, Nani was once again the topic of fierce transfer speculation, and with the emergence of Adnan Januzaj and the arrival of club-record signing Juan Mata, it appears his future may lie away from Old Trafford.
Juventus, AC Milan and Inter were all rumoured to be interested in bringing the 27-year old - who has four years remaining on his contract at United - to Italy in the January window but a deal never came to fruition.
Meanwhile, midfield linchpin Michael Carrick could return from a short absence when the Red Devils travel to face Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Moyes said: "Carrick is improving with his ankle and has got a good chance of being in the squad (to face Stoke).
"He's improving and has done some training. We'll just check to see if he can twist and turn correctly before we make a decision."
The trip to the Britannia could see Moyes select trio Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie in the starting line-up for the first time.