West Ham striker Craig Bellamy has vowed to spring back to form in September after being ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury.
The Wales captain will miss the opening weeks of the Barclays Premier League season with the injury he sustained in a 5-3 friendly win against Ipswich on Monday.
He is set to sit out games against Wigan, Manchester City and Blackburn but could be back for Alan Curbishley's side for the trip to West Brom on September 13.
The former Newcastle and Liverpool forward is also a major doubt for Wales' World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan on September 6 and Russia on September 10.
'I am out for a month and so it is gutting for me not to be able to start the season, especially as I have had a great pre-season and worked really hard,' he told West Ham's official website.
'But it won't affect me too much in terms of working through the rehabilitation for this injury and to get back better than before again.
'I have probably had the best pre-season ever and I think I have shown that I proved my point in that I totally recovered from my injury last year and have returned fitter and stronger like I said I would.'
Bellamy, 29, scored five pre-season goals and was relishing the start of the new campaign.
'I wanted to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact,' said.
'I have done this in pre-season, and was looking to carry this into the start of the new season, but I will just have to wait a bit now to do this.'