Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker could miss the start of the Premier League season if he needs surgery on an Achilles injury that he’s been carrying for a number of months.
The Tottenham medical staff is assessing parker while the first team are on tour in the United States.
The 31-year-old missed several Spurs games towards the end of last season because of the problem, but did start every England match at Euro 2012. This wasn’t without a scare though, as his fitness was touch and go, causing much worry for Roy Hodgson who had already lost Frank Lampard through injury.
"There might be a small tear on his Achilles," said Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas to BBC Sport.
"We are evaluating the situation regarding a possible operation that can take four to six weeks normally to heal."
Parker's injury could see him sidelined until September, forcing him to miss Spurs' opening Premier League game at Newcastle on 18 August. He could also miss their first two home games against Newcastle and West Brom.
He would also be kept out of England's friendly against Italy on 15 August.
Depending on the operation date and his recovery, Parker could miss England's first two World Cup qualifiers, away at Moldova on 7 September and at home to Ukraine on 11 September.
This would be a big blow to the swashbuckling central midfielder, who has patiently waited for his chance with the England team for years. He’s played a starring role for his country over the last couple of years, which culminated in him being given the captain’s armband in the 3-2 defeat against Holland In February.