Aston Villa fans have been cursing the club's luck, following news that midfield talisman Fabian Delph could be out until 2015 with a dislocated shoulder.
The England international suffered the setback after an awkward fall in training this week, with subsequent scans revealing that he will require an operation to repair the damage.
After a slow start to life at Villa following a £6 million move from Leeds United in August 2009, Delph has been immense for Paul Lambert's side over the past 18 months, standing out as the club's top performer, while earning his first senior England call-up.
Since making two starts in three appearances for the Three Lions, news that he could miss up to 11 league games before Christmas will come as a bitter pill to swallow for Villa supporters, who were hoping for the club to push on after the international break following a tough run of fixtures.
Colombian World Cup veteran Carlos Sanchez could now be given a chance to impress in the lineup, following his £4.7 million summer move from Elche, but that hasn't stopped fans from reacting in despair at their star man being sidelined.
Gutted about Delph however I can finally see what the fuss is all about with Sanchez now. #AVFC— Theodore (@Theoooooooooo) October 17, 2014
Delph out of the midfield for a possible 2 months. There goes the legs out the midfield. So who replaces him ? #avfc— Ben Nall (@BenNall79) October 17, 2014
Gutted for Delph, massive loss Time for Sanchez to step up #avfc— Just Brian (@Brian_Cook86) October 17, 2014
Delph out for 2 months is a massive blow! Time for Cleverly to step up. #AVFC— Sam Coyne (@Coyne24) October 17, 2014
So with Delph out for 2 months. Maybe sanchez can get a decent run out. #avfc— Matt Brookes (@matt_brookes) October 17, 2014
Delph out for 2 months, give Roy Keane a squad number and get him in #avfc— Dan Baker (@bakes1311) October 17, 2014
Gutted about Delph. What do #avfc do in training as we seems to suffer a lot of injuries and why is it always the key men?— Pete Jenks (@PeteJenks1) October 17, 2014
Gutted for Fabian Delph that he’s out for 2 months! Been superb for Villa! #AVFC— Hilary Motteram (@hilarymotteram) October 17, 2014