Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys says Argentina lock Mariano Galarza should be fit for the World Cup following shoulder surgery.
The 28-year-old, who had surgery on his other shoulder last year, was injured in the 35-13 Premiership victory over London Irish on 9 May.
The World Cup begins on 18 September, with Argentina's campaign starting two days later.
"The injury was not as bad as first feared," said Humphreys.
"He will rehab under the care of the Gloucester medical team and will at some point, depending on his fitness, link up with Argentina with a view to going to the World Cup," he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
"As someone who was probably a shoe-in for the starting 15 at the start of the season, hopefully next year it will be like having a new signing."
Galarza's appearance against Sale Sharks in March earned the club a two-point deduction and a £5,000 fine as he was ineligible to play at that point.
Humphreys admitted the incident was unfortunate and said: "As a club we were disappointed to have made an administrative mistake and it certainly won't happen again.
"From a club perspective, it was appropriate the points should be deducted in the year the offence was committed rather than have it hang over us going into the next couple of seasons."
Meanwhile, the former Ulster coach hopes centre Henry Trinder will not miss too much of next season after sustaining a knee injury that required surgery.
"Henry was one of the players I was most excited about working with, he brings the X-factor," added Humphreys.
"He is ahead of schedule and we believe that when he comes back into pre-season, with the care he is going to have and the attitude he has brought to his previous injuries, we look forward to seeing him back in a Gloucester shirt sooner rather than later."
Meanwhile, teenage forward Rory Bartle has joined London Scottish.