Scott Parker has been troubled with an Achilles problem since the final few games of 2011-12 and according to new head coach Andre Villas-Boas, the midfielder may miss the start of the season.
Scott is currently being assessed as to whether he needs surgery ahead of the kick off.
“There might be a small tear on his Achilles,” said Villas-Boas.
“We are at the moment evaluating the situation regarding a possible operation that can take four to six weeks normally to heal.”
If the operation goes ahead then Parker will miss the opener against Newcastle and he is unlikely to feature in England’s plans for their initial internationals at the start of the season.
In addition, AVB is looking at a new club captain to replace Ledley King although a brief spell on the sidelines might not necessarily rule Scott out – particularly when you consider Ledley’s own injury record.