Nottingham Forest’s Armand Traore will miss their first game of the season as he is still not fit after not playing a competitive game since April 2015.
The 26-year-old, who joined the club from Queens Park Rangers, missed all of last season through injury and will sit out their game against Burton Albion
“I don’t think I’m that far off. I had a chat with the gaffer and he thinks it’s too short for Saturday,” he said.
“We’re looking for the EFL Cup game against Doncaster [on 9 August].”
If Traore does play in their EFL Cup tie, it will be his first game for 16 months, with the defender’s last appearance coming when QPR drew 3-3 against Aston Villa just prior to their relegation from the Premier League.
“I started last season with a knee injury. I saw the surgeon who said if he operated I was going to have problems in the future,” Traore told BBC East Midlands Today.
“It took me four months to re-muscle the whole leg and when I came back I was a bit too eager to play and injured my calf in training.
“I then played a few reserve games and one day I couldn’t walk so I had another scan and there were another few tears in the muscle. That took another 12 weeks.”