Motherwell manager Mark McGhee admits striker Louis Moult will undergo further tests after being plagued by a persistent groin problem.
The injury first flared up at the tail end of last season although a scan of the area showed nothing untoward.
But after Moult, who scored 18 goals last term after joining from Wrexham, was troubled by the problem during Saturday’s pre-season win at Dumbarton, McGhee admits the 24-year-old needs to be reexamined.
“He had a scan and it didn’t show anything but he played for a half at Dumbarton on Saturday and said afterwards that he was still feeling it.
“So we’re going to do some more exploration with that to find out what’s going on.
“Towards the end of last season, the final six or seven games, I had expected him to kick on and score more than 20 goals.
“But he never did. He seemed to taper off and, looking back, I think this was at the root of it.
“Here we are, three months later, and he’s still suffering from it. That’s a worry so we’re going to have that investigated thoroughly before we ask him to play again.”