LEE COOK is set to miss the start of the season.
The QPR forward had keyhole surgery on a damaged knee in May but has yet to return to any type of training.
Speculation over the stricken player's condition was laid to rest this week when new boss Jim Magilton admitted Cook will not appear in pre-season - and it's doubtful he'll face Ian Holloway's Blackpool in the season opener at Loftus Road on August 8.
Magilton said: "He is resting at the minute and under the hands of the club's medical team. He'll not feature for the next few weeks.
"Yes, he's got a chance for the start of the season - but we'll see."
The Hammersmith-born player's season was curtailed with a recurrence of the problem, and his campaign was a hit-and-miss affair which he blamed on the season before when the same injury prevented him from kicking a ball during his doomed stay with Fulham.
However, Martin Rowlands is champing at the bit to get some action after missing most of the last campaign as well, and Magilton admits his biggest problem is holding the Irish international back.
He said: "We've got to keep the reins on Martin and take that responsibility from him.
"We'll assess the situation on a daily basis - but it will be a couple of weeks and after we get back from Slovenia and Croatia before he gets some minutes on a pitch."