Paul Ifill's leg injury is threatening to keep him out for the remainder of the A-League season.
The Wellington Phoenix striker sprained his ankle and tore the membrane between his tibia and fibula in his left leg in an awkward fall during the 4-0 win over the Newcastle Jets on December 18 and it was initially hoped that he could again play this campaign.
But the Barbadian international does not like the outlook even if the Phoenix sneak into the final six.
"I can't see it to be honest," Ifill said.
"It's looking more like next season. We're on schedule. We thought it would be 8-10 weeks and it's still looking like that.
"If the boys did make the play-offs it would give me something to aim at, put it that way. But at the moment it's looking very far away.
"It (the leg) feels pretty good and you just want to get going. But the specialist tells you otherwise so you have to be careful because I don't want to redo it or get too far ahead of myself and hurt myself again."
The Phoenix are currently sitting eighth on the league table, two points behind the sixth-placed Jets ahead of Sunday's home clash with 10th-placed Perth Glory.