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A shoulder injury will keep Toronto Raptors new guard Anthony Carter out of action in the team's regular season opener on Monday. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

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The Toronto Raptors begin the NBA regular season on Monday against the Cavaliers and will be heading into the game in Cleveland with a shorthanded lineup.

Anthony Carter, one of Toronto's recent free agent acquisitions, has been diagnosed with a partial ligament tear in his shoulder that has kept him out of both pre-season games.

While the team does not consider the injury serious the backup guard will likely have to miss the first few games of the season.

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"If it's not a matter of days it's not going to be a mater of weeks," is how team president and general manager Bryan Colangelo termed it when asked how long Carter might be sidelined.

Forward Rasual Butler and guard Leandro Barbosa are also questionable for the opener.

Barbosa has been suffering from back spasms that kept him out of Wednesday's pre-season game against the Boston Celtics. Butler also missed the game with a slightly sprained ankle.

Colangelo said on Thursday that it is hard to say if both players will be ready to go by Monday, noting that Barbosa probably could have played Wednesday in Boston if it was critical.

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