Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is still weeks away from a return, according to manager Louis van Gaal.
Rooney, 30, has been sidelined since mid-February with a knee injury, which was expected to keep him out for up to two months.
But the forward is still a long way from making a comeback, casting some doubt over whether he can lead England at Euro 2016 in June and July.
“Wayne still has weeks to go. He is not even close. I cannot say how many weeks, as you never know,” Van Gaal said.
“It is a conservative healing what we are doing with the brace, not an operation or something like that.”
Rooney had a
lready been ruled out of England’s friendlies against Germany and Netherlands in March.
The setback is a blow to United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League, with Van Gaal’s men sixth and four points adrift of Manchester City in the Premier League.