Hector Moreno, who was wanted by Mauricio Pochettino this summer, has had more surgery on the leg he broke against The Netherlands in the summer.
Mauricio Pochettino was appointed as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur this summer, leaving his post as Southampton manager after a sensational season at St Marys. One area of the team he immediately wanted to improve was the defence.
He snapped up the likes of Ben Davies, Eric Dier and Federico Fazio in the summer - also confirming a deal for DeAndre Yedlin.
He was also rumoured to be after a cultured centre-back in the form of Espanyol star Hector Moreno.
Pochettino signed Moreno from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in 2011 when he was Espanyol boss - so he has previous with the player.
Espanyol's president Juan Collet confirmed that a bid had been made for the player - with Marseille, Stuttgart, Manchester United and Hull City all teams mentioned with an interest.
But no deal ever came off. Moreno, who was earning the move by impressing at the World Cup in Brazil, soon had his dream move ideas dashed. Moreno thrashed out at a loose ball during the second round tie with Holland earlier this summer - catching Arjen Robben with his shin, breaking the tibia in his left leg.
Moreno mentioned how he was happy with the links back in August, even hinting he was on the verge of departing - he also stated he would be back by Christmas.
That may not be the case.
Moreno underwent more surgery this week to remove pins from his reconstructed leg.
Reports indicate that his recovery has no comeback date and the chances are he will not be playing again in 2014.
It is a real shame for a player who looked destined for his big break to have it pulled underneath him at the very tournament where he was earning such a move.
After this latest operation on what was a horrible injury he must now work on being fully fit for 2015 when he can hopefully convince Tottenham he is still worth the risk.