Striker Barry Corr is unlikely to join Southend United on their pre-season tour of Madrid manager Paul Sturrock has confirmed.
Southend travel to the Spanish capitial on Friday and face games with Real Madrid C and Rayo Vallecano B during their four day stay.
The Blues forward has suffered a slight groin problem in training that has set the Irishman back five days and he will now remain in Essex to receive treatment on the problem.
Corr has not played since April 2011 because of a long term knee problem but has been looking sharp in pre-season training.
“The injury has put Barry back five days or so and we now have to decide whether or not to take him to Madrid,” said manager Paul Sturrock.
“It’s a shame because he had been flying in training and was doing very well with the running.
“The problems came when he started to try to change speed, and he’s now suffered a slight twinge in his groin so we’ve had to take him out.
“But it certainly isn’t the end of the world if he doesn’t make the tour and we still feel he could be fit for the start of the season.”
Corr will be joined in the treatment room with midfielder Michael Timlin who is recovering from a shoulder problem.
Having finished the 2010/11 season as top scorer with 21 goals, Corr signed a new one-year contract extension this summer.