Mauricio Pochettino says that he has no idea how long it will be until Kyle Walker returns to Tottenham Hotspur training.
The England international has been a lengthy absentee, since picking up an abdominal injury and the end of last season and his recovery does not appear to be imminent.
“At the moment it is impossible to give you the date," Pochettino said to the Daily Star. "It is a good recovery at the moment.
“We are happy but it’s impossible to predict the time, when he is maybe ready to train with the team and to start to play.”
Walker has been a miss for Spurs, as the side lack quality cover for him in the right-back position.
Although Kyle Naughton is a decent youngster, he is not in the class of Walker and Spurs fans will be hoping that Walker's return is not too far off.
However, after Pochettino's words today it seems that it could still be considerable time before he is training again and the Argentine boss even admitted that he hadn't ruled out calling DeAndre Yedlin back from loan in January to fill the void.
"It’s not a moment to decide (about Yedlin) as we need to wait for Kyle's evolution and after we decide, yes or not," he said.
“We need to give time for Kyle to recover from his injury.
“After, in January, we have time to decide but after it’s impossible to decide to take that decision now.”
Yedlin signed for Tottenham over the summer but was immediately loaned back to the MLS as the Lilywhites felt his first-team chances at White Hart Lane would be limited.
However, after a longer than expected absence for Walker it seems he could be utilised earlier than expected.
Yedlin has impressed in America, but he still is a developing player and he will have a big step-up to make if he brought back to White Hart Lane in the new year as a first-team regular.
By then the side will have hoped to climb the table and be in better form than they are now.
Despite a positive opening to the season, Spurs went the whole of September without a win in the Premier League and they know that they must break out of this bad run as soon as possible.