Swansea City fear record signing Borja Baston will not be able to make his long-awaited debut for another three weeks because of a thigh injury.
Francesco Guidolin confirmed the £15m Spanish striker “may be” out until after international break so could return against Chelsea on 11 September.
“I am not sure when he will be back but maybe after the international break,” Swansea manager Guidolin said.
Jack Cork will captain the Swansea in Saturday’s home game with Hull.
Leon Britton, who skippered Swansea to victory in their Premier League opener at Burnley, is a fitness doubt for the visit of the top-flight new boys on Saturday.
Guidolin conceded Wales left-back Neil Taylor is unlikely to feature on Saturday but Iceland’s Euro 2016 playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson and South Korean captain Ki Sung-Yueng are set to play.
But Borja will miss Saturday’s visit of Hull, Tuesday’s EFL Cup trip to Peterborough and the game against reigning champions Leicester City on Saturday, 27 August.
“Saturday he won’t be available,” said Guidolin.
“It would not be a clever move to play him v Hull. It is a little problem. I would like to have v Peterborough but it is not possible.”
Borja has yet to make an appearance for the club following his record move, but is looking forward to linking up with fellow Spanish striker Fernando Llorente.
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