Thursday morning provided a slice of news many England fans would find difficult not to see as positive.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, one of the form centre forwards in the world, underwent surgery on an injured left knee that will see him fighting to be fit for the World Cup, with a group game with England looming on June 19th.
And though it might be easy for fans of Liverpool, and football in general, to miss a talent as undeniable as Suarez, the deeper Reds fans look the easier it may be to accept the absence of their talisman on the world's biggest stage.
It is possible that the attacker suffered the injury in a challenge by Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett in Liverpool's 2-1 win on the final day of the season. The Welshman saw red for the tackle, and Uruguayan fans took to Twitter to hurl abuse at the 22-year-old.
But the silver lining for supporters of Suarez's club side is that, with speculation mounting that Real Madrid are planning a move for the Uruguayan by the start of the new season, the very last thing Liverpool needed was Suarez to be at peak form and blow away all opposition in front of the watching billions.
The possibility that their star striker would show up the England, and Italy defence, plus whoever else Uruguay may come up against, may have meant the Anfield club could whack another £20 million on their asking price, but it would turn Real's interest into an unstoppable juggernaut.
Yesterday, the president of the Uruguayan FA Wilmar Valdez alleviated fears, suggesting the country's leading man may be back in training in just over a fortnight.
"We know the surgery was a success and that the injury is not serious. We have to wait and see how he recovers," he is reported as telling Uruguayan newspaper La Ovacion.
"These are injuries that, considering Suarez's fitness and if the recovery is good, will not take long for him to return to play."
Whether Suarez miraculously returns to fitness in time for the tournament or not, he is unlikely to be anywhere near the sort of untouchable form he displayed for Liverpool this season.
And if some other player walks away with the golden boot, he may even slip from the sight of Florentino Perez.