Torquay United captain Luke Young is set to miss the start of the season after injuring his knee.
The midfielder, who scored seven goals for Torquay last season, will have a scan next week on the injury after breaking down in training.
"When someone goes down when no-one's around them you fear the worst," Torquay boss Paul Cox told BBC Sport.
"But I don't think it's that bad, he's up and around walking, but you never quite know with knees."
But Young's absence has dealt a blow to Cox's plans to add another striker to his squad.
"It's caused a bit of chaos because we had plans to spend what was left in the budget on our front men," he said.
"Now we're going to have to look at where we are with injuries to see what and where I spend the bit of budget we have left over.
"But in a way I'm glad it's happened now because we can look at different things and personnel because through the season this scenario might crop up again."