Nottingham Forest may have to start planning for life without Andy Reid, as his injury problems persist.
Reid has been out of action since September, with a series of set-backs keeping him sidelined, and it has seriously damaged their campaign.
Forest had planned to build their side around the Republic of Ireland international's creativity and in his absence they have struggled to replace him - with Henri Lansbury only recently coming to the fore.
The Reds have seriously missed their most influential attacking midfielder throughout the campaign, with his injury cited as a major reason behind their struggles under Stuart Pearce.
Pearce had made Reid the creative fulcrum for the Reds, but as soon as the 32-year-old picked up an injury their form slumped.
It shows the risk that you take when planing to build a team around Reid and Forest may have to move on, considering his persistent struggles to stay off the treatment table.
If Reid does stay clear of injury next season that will be a huge boost for the side, but they cannot afford to make him such a vital player as he was this year.
Forest need to bring in players who can perform a similar function to Reid and formulate a strategy that does not include him.
His return can then be seen as an added bonus, but they cannot afford to make the mistake of plotting a tactic around his talents again next term, without any back-up plan.