Peterborough United have confirmed that goalkeeper Joe Lewis will not recover from his injuries in time for the start of the new season.
The goalkeeper fractured his kneecap during a play-off semi-final first leg against MK Dons in May, and the injury required serious surgery with two pins being inserted in to his knee to aid recovery.
Whilst Posh originally hoped the highly-rated stopper would be fit for the first game of the season against Crystal Palace on August 6th, manager Darren Ferguson has admitted that whilst good progress is being made, the match will come just too soon.
"Joe is coming along nicely, but he has no chance for the first few games. I'd expect him back in full training in the middle of August and ready to play soon after that," said the former Preston boss.
Lewis was hoping to be back in training for the start of the season himself, telling theposh.com last week: “'I have got to work hard and my target is to be back in training around the start of the season, but it is difficult to actually put a real time frame on it.”
Although eager to return to training as soon as possible, the former England U21 international is staying patient and will only return when he feels he is completely ready to do so.
The 23-year-old knows his knee is only days away from a complete recovery, and gym strengthening sessions for his leg will be on the agenda as soon as possible.
He added: “I have to speak to the surgeon in a few weeks and he will be the one who will know when I can return to train fully, but I have to listen to what my body is saying and how I am feeling myself because I don't want to take any undue risks.”
"It will be eight weeks since the operation in a fortnight and hopefully the bone will be fully healed and then it is a case of making sure my leg is strong enough."