Key Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has missed the entire 2014 through injury, a blow which has played it's part in the club's title challenge being derailed.
Early in the season he was an important figure as Arsenal dispatched Liverpool and won in Dortmund, but without him they have not looked the same side against top opposition.
The worrying issue around Ramsey's injury is his return date keeps getting put back. First the Welshman was supposed to be back for the Spurs game, then the Chelsea fixture listed as a return date, and failed to make both. Subsequently, featuring against Swansea last night never really seemed like a possibility.
Following the 2-2 draw Arsene Wenger was quizzed about his fitness and offered both good and bad news.
The bad was that he could not place an exact date on his return, and stated it was not imminent and would not be against City this weekend, but he did admit the midfielder was further along than any other injured player, including Ozil and Koscielny.
While perhaps a collective blow, it is at least a sign he is en route to recovery and Wenger has seen a few positive signs regarding the 23-year-old.
He told Arsenal.com: "None of them are close to coming back. Koscielny is out for a while. After that Ozil, I don’t know but at least two or three weeks. Ramsey is perhaps the closest. He is two weeks maybe."
That two week projection may just make Ramsey an outside bet for the FA Cup semi-final with Wigan on Saturday April 12 at Wembley.
If fans have learned anything however in recent weeks, it's not to take it for granted.