Marko Marin unfortunately can count himself as part of an ever-expanding list of promising youngsters plagued by injuries.
The German left adopted homeland for Chelsea as 23-year-old in 2012 already having amassed an impressive 16 senior international caps.
Having starred for both Borussia Monchengladbach and Werder Bremen in his formative days, Marin’s burgeoning trickster reputation earned him the moniker ‘the German Messi’.
But Marin brought with him to Stamford Bridge another, dubious, reputation – being injury prone. The winger found himself on the treatment table before his maiden campaign in west London even started, going on to play just 146 minutes of Premier League football.
In his subsequent loan spell at Sevilla last season, Marin was also limited to only flashes of brilliance by his penchant for getting hurt, managing just 10 starts in Spain’s top flight.
There was, of course, virtually no chance that the German would thus be kept in the Chelsea camp this past summer. This time, it was off to Italy with Fiorentina.
Sadly the seemingly luckless Marin was accompanied to the peninsula by the injury bug. It took until late October for him to make his first showing in a Viola shirt, in the Europa League.
Three more appearances in Europe have followed for the Chelsea loanee. And things are at last starting to look up for Marin – he’s scored in each of his last two run-outs, against Guingamp and Dinamo Minsk.
Marin also added a team-high five dribbles in Thursday’s tilt with the Belarusians, earning the praise of Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella.
And according to Corriere dello Sport, the Italian coach may now be primed to entrust Marin with more responsibility from here on out.
The German is still yet to make his Serie A debut even as his fellow Viola attackers have struggled with injuries, but could well be made a key piece.
The Italian daily maintain that Marin has the ability to prove a ‘precious component' of Montella’s side in the second half of the season, his dynamism sorely needed.
For this to be a reality, however, the 25-year-old will be required to put his own well-documented injury issues behind him – which isn’t really something under his control.
Marin should get his opportunities, but the jury is certainly still out on whether he can stay healthy for any extended period of all time.
With there being no future for Marin back at Stamford Bridge his ability to earn himself a permanent move elsewhere is vital for his career at this point.
To do so he’ll need to prove he can be can be a consistent contributor, which starts with his fitness.
At the moment Marin is expected to make Fiorentina’s first xi for the weekend’s Serie A contest with Cesena, hopefully a starting point of a new era in his career.