Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes will have to make do without the services of Mario Gomez for a few more weeks as the Bavarians are not taking any risks with the Germany international forward.
Gomez sustained an ankle injury early in August and Bayern were initially hopeful that the prolific striker would be fully match fit again within six weeks.
However, the 27-year-old only just resumed individual training action, and club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has stressed that Bayern won't rush the attacker'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 expected to resume regular training action in two weeks' time, and could return to match action by early November.