It has certainly not been the best of times for Francisco Junior since he arrived at Norwegian outfit Stromsgodset this month.
The Portuguese Under-21 international and former Manchester City trainee is a highly thought of player - although with Everton he has still only ever made one very uninspiring appearance against Leeds United in a League Cup defeat.
He went out on loan at the start of the season to Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem - but he was not receiving the sufficient game-time, and came back to Merseyside in January.
And now he has linked up with the Norwegian champions on their pre-season campaign - as he looks set to make his way into the team for the start of the season.
But it has been bad so far.
Firstly they were defeated by CSKA Moscow 3-0 - before an injury ravaged and ill-ridden side were hammered 15-0 by Lokomotiv Moscow the next day.
For Junior though it got worse on Friday - as he managed to get sent off in a pre-season friendly.
His rash challenge on Yuri Movsisyan caused a clash between the pair - which saw both red-carded in the Marbella-based friendly in the 86th minute.
Godset however put up more of a fight in this one - losing 3-2 - but their title defence looks ominous.
After winning their first five pre-season friendlies, scoring 15 goals in the process - they have lost their previous five, conceding 26 in the process.
Here is the red-card - but you will have to whizz forward to 1hr 45mins to see it.
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