Influential Wellington Phoenix striker Paul Ifill could miss the start of the new A-League season after an ill-timed injury in a warm-up game.
He is scheduled to see a specialist, with more information expected after scans.
Phoenix begins its season against Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium on 6 October.
Ifill was a key figure for Phoenix last season, as it performed above expectations in making the playoffs before being beaten by Perth Glory in the minor semi-final.
But the England-born Barbados international struggled with injury, a groin problem sidelining him for much of the early season.
The setback was particularly frustrating after a serious ankle injury late in 2010 kept him on the bench at the business end of the preceding season.
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