Frank Lampard's eagerly awaited debut for New York City FC has been delayed after the former Chelsea midfielder picked up a leg injury in training.
Lampard had been expected to make his Major League Soccer bow in Sunday's match against Toronto FC, but suffered a calf strain while preparing for the Yankee Stadium encounter.
Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer, who played for Manchester City during the 2014-15 Premier League season after leaving the Blues at the end of the previous campaign, could now feature in next Sunday's game against New England Revolution.
"I'm hugely disappointed to be missing out on Sunday's game, which I have been really looking forward to. I've been feeling great in training and have loved working with the squad. Unfortunately I sustained a small strain to my calf during a session," Lampard told his club's official website.
"Whilst I've been taking it day by day since then and have been involved in light training, I've just been advised by the medical team that it needs a few days' rest for it to heal fully.
"As I say, it's personally very disappointing for me but these things happen in football. The good news is that I should be back in full training next week.
"While I was desperate to play a role on Sunday, I have to take the advice of our medical team to let it heal and not risk further injury so I can get back on the pitch and play a full role as soon as possible."
The former England midfielder signed for the then newly formed MLS side in July last year but delayed his stateside arrival to help City finish runners-up to Chelsea in the recently-completed Premier League campaign.