Newton Abbot have been frustrated in their efforts to sign a back-row forward ahead of Saturday’s home game against Bracknell.
The All Whites had been hoping to complete the signing on Tuesday, but were in for a disappointment.
“We were hoping the player concerned would train with us then do the paperwork,” said Newton’s director of rugby Roy Henderson.
“Unfortunately he suffered a shoulder injury playing a college game and doesn’t want to commit himself until he is fit again.
“With a bit of luck that will be before Christmas, but as he hasn’t told his current club yet we don’t want to name him.
“All we will say is the player concerned is a current first team player where he is.”
Newton are unlikely to make many changes for the visit of second-placed Bracknell, although one may be inevitable.
Centre Alex Moore had to go off with an injury during the 18-15 win at Barnstaple last time out and may be rested.
“Alex didn’t train on Tuesday night but did come down to the club for treatment,” said Henderson.
“If Alex is fit we will almost certainly stick with the same squad of 18, although not necessarily in the same format.”
Newton were the first team to win in the league at Barnstaple this season, but left it late to do it.
Barnstaple were 15-6 up with six minutes to go, then Newton hit a purple patch.
Lloyd Radford was shunted over from a line-out to cut the gap to four points.
From the restart the All Whites went back on the attack. The pressure built and resulted in Kyle Brown sprinting in for a try.
Josh Smith kicked the conversion to add to his two penalties in the first half.