Norwich City striker Grant Holt could miss the opening fixture of the new season because he is due in court on a motoring offence.
The 29-year-old denies failing to give West Mercia Police the identity of a vehicle's driver in May 2009.
Magistrates refused to postpone his trial in Market Drayton, Shropshire, on Friday, ahead of his team's 1945 BST kick-off for a game against Watford.
He faces a journey of about 200 miles to make the home game at Carrow Road.
Mr Holt, who has also played for Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Shrewsbury Town, requested earlier this week that the trial be postponed because of the televised Championship game.
But magistrates refused his request after it was opposed by the prosecution.
Paul Lambert, Norwich City manager, said at a team press conference on Thursday that he was aware of a court matter scheduled for Friday relating to when Mr Holt was playing for Shrewsbury Town.