It's been a bit of a rough off-season for Jeremie Aliadiere, who apparently refused to play for Lorient during pre-season as part of a contract dispute.
An injury setback is now ruling him out of his club's opener, due to take place this weekend.
Aliadiere had a sensational 2012/13 season, scoring 15 goals for his club - the highest tally he has reached in his injury plagued career so far.
Now 30, it appears he is beginning to show the potential he was once believed capable of at Arsenal.
It was not long ago he suffered his lowest ebb, a knee ligament injury which saw Aliadiere miss the entire 2010/11 season.
But his form last campaign saw him touted for a call-up for France's international team, and a solid season to back it up this year would no doubt seal the deal.
Which makes his off-season woes increasingly frustrating, compounded by his latest injury.
L'Equipe report that the striker has a knee problem and will miss Lorient's season opener against Lille on Saturday night. He attempted to resume training yesterday but had to give up.
While the severity is uncertain at present; it is being dressed up as a short-term problem; given his past injury record and that relating to his knees, it's real bad luck for the player.
Speculation he could be 'pulling a Suarez' would be wide of the mark, for his contract issues have since been resolved.
He will be crossing his fingers he makes a swift recovery, and so will supporters of Lorient who watched his dazzling displays last season.
Is Aliadiere one of the more unfortunate Arsenal youth prospects of recent times?
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