Gloucester boss David Humphreys believes Argentina lock Mariano Galarza should be fit for the World Cup after undergoing a shoulder operation.
Galarza, who also underwent surgery on his other shoulder last year, sustained his latest injury in Gloucester's Premiership victory over London Irish on 9 May.
Argentina's World Cup campaign kicks off on 20 September against New Zealand at Wembley Stadium in London.
"The injury was not as bad as first feared," Humphreys told the BBC.
"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.
"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 was at the centre of controversy for Gloucester when his appearance against Sale Sharks earned his club a a two-point deduction and a £5,000 fine as he was ineligible to play in that match.
Humphreys said the incident was unfortunate.
"As a club we were disappointed to have made an administrative mistake and it certainly won't happen again," he added.
"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."