Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce cannot believe Damien Johnson's bad luck after the club captain picked up another hamstring injury in Monday night's reserve team game against West Ham United's second string.
Johnson damaged the hamstring in his other leg during a pre-season clash against Walsall, and has only made one first-team appearance so far this term - in the Carling Cup defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
"Unfortunately Jonty has done his hamstring again," Bruce told the Birmingham Mail. "Thankfully, if that's the right word, it's the other one and not the one which he picked up in pre-season.
"It's terrible for him. He'd just got back to fitness and had played his first 90 minutes for nearly six months against Blackburn Rovers in the Carling Cup last week.
"He's unfortunately going through one of those stages, which he's never suffered with before in his career, in having one knock-back after the other.
"This kind of thing happens in football. Jonty has got to be strong enough to cope - and I'm sure he will be. Then he's got to come back in another month's time and start all over again.
"It's a shame because he'd have been very important to us with the stage of the season we've got ahead. He'd have been ready and willing to take part and do his bit."