Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge suffered another setback this week in his bid to return from injury, just as he appeared to be on the cusp of a return.
It's hugely frustrating for the club, whose alternate options have performed terribly ever since he got injured at the start of September.
There is more worrying news for fans, as it is suggested even Sturridge believes the problems cannot be prevented easily.
The Times report: "The persistent nature of Sturridge’s muscle injuries, a problem that he believes is hereditary, means that Brendan Rodgers, the manager, cannot take any risks over his fitness."
It means as Sturridge's career progresses, he will likely continue to be hampered by problems which have derailed many promising forwards at the club over the years.
Michael Owen saw his luck slide, mainly after leaving Liverpool, due to persistent injuries, while the latter part of Fernando Torres' tenure at the club was plagued by fitness issues before they managed to sell him to Chelsea for a vastly inflated price.
Sturridge's belief that his problems are hereditary should be all that Brendan Rodgers needs to know in the January transfer window as he considers reinforcements, for if the current crop of back-ups cannot play well, then he will have no option but to buy while they can or risk being left in the same situation when the striker is beset by his next problem.