An ankle injury is expected to sideline Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez for up to three more weeks, according to the club's doctor.
Gomez sustained the injury early in August and Bayern were initially hopeful the prolific striker would be fully fit again within the first two weeks of October.
However, the 27-year-old only just resumed individual training action, and club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has stressed Bayern will not rush the centre-forward's comeback.
"We have to be careful. We are taking things one step at a time in his recovery process. We want him to be able to make a risk-free comeback without having to worry about anything," Muller-Wohlfahrt was quoted as saying by Bild.
Gomez is now expected to resume regular training action in two weeks , and could return to match action by early November.