Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that England winger Aaron Lennon has suffered a setback in his recovery from a groin injury.
The 22-year-old has not featured for Spurs since the turn of the year and has undergone an MRI scan to assess the latest damage.
Redknapp told reporters: "He was close to getting fit, but has had a bit of a setback.
"Hopefully it should not put him back much from where he was and he could still be fit in a couple of weeks.
"At first the diagnosis was he could be back in four or five weeks, but you never know with these groin problems, they can take time and he has had a couple of setbacks.
"Aaron has worked hard to get fit, but every time seems to have a little problem there. Hopefully, though, it will get sorted out and he will be back soon.
"So long as he gets back and gets enough match action for Tottenham to take us where we want to go, then the World Cup will follow.
"But, first and foremost, we have to get him back playing for Tottenham."