There will be no cavalry riding to Warwickshire's resuce. No rescue team. No St Bernard. The current squad, talented but imperfect, is as good as it's going to get.
In the short term that is, without doubt, damaging. Daniel Vettori's loss is a major blow to the club's chances of claiming silverware this summer and without reinforcements the attack remains modest.
The club have some justifi-cation for feeling hard done-by.
Quite apart from their sustained run of ill-fortune with overseas signings - and it generally has been bad luck rather than bad judgment - they have also fallen victim to a certain amount of England and Wales Cricket Board intransigence.
The ECB's rules for Unqualified Cricketers make no mention of the Kolpak issue. While they do stipulate that players cannot be substituted in case of injury, they do not specifically state that an overseas player can't be unregistered and then reregistered as a Kolpak signing.
That does not make their decision to interpret the laws harshly as wrong but it does mean their regulations require refining.
Warwickshire can learn from the episode.
Next season Heath Streak should register as a Kolpak signing just in case this scenario reoccurs. That wouldn't mean that Warwickshire had to sign two more overseas players but it would give them options should injury strike again. Some might suggest that should have happened this year.
For the rest of this season, however, Warwickshire's strengths - and there are many despite current setbacks - and weaknesses will be laid bare. It may cause short-term pain but it can only be beneficial in the long term.
One of the main arguments against the use of overseas players is that they mask inadequacies in the county game. While you have a situation where the overseas play-ers are winning matches on their own - as is the case at Sussex at present - it is easy to pretend that all is well with the club. In the longer term, however, it can result in a failure to develop young play-ers and an unhealthy reliance on imports.
Now there will be no hiding place for Warwickshire play-ers. No one to bail them out with runs and wickets when the going gets tough. Nor is there a hiding place for the coaches and scouts charged with bringing through the next generation. And nor should there be.
The loss of Vettori is not a disaster.
There is plenty more talent in this team and it is quite possible that one of the younger players - Lee Daggett or Moeen Ali perhaps - will partly fill the void and provide fresh hope for the future.
And if they don't it will show the new management team what needs to be done. They will know who can't hack it when the going gets tough, and know where resources need to be targeted to develop players. This incident could be the making of the team for a decade.
Warwickshire's batsmen possess great talent. They have failed to thrive as a unit this season but few could doubt their ability. Now, with their team under pressure, they need to deliver.
The bowlers have a different set of problems. There will be tough days ahead but if they stick to the basic disciplines of their profession there will also be successful ones.
They could learn much from Dougie Brown's attitude.
Some of the powers may be dimming but at the stage of his career, when others might be winding down, he has, once more, been pressed into service with the new ball.
Now he stands on the cusp of a remarkable record. He requires only 46 more first-class runs to reach 8,000 for Warwickshire and will then become, by some distance, the fastest man to the landmark of 8,000 runs and 500 wickets in the club's history.
Freddie Calthorpe, previously the quickest to the milestone, reached the mark in his 224th match for the club; this match is just Brown's 193rd.
It underlines the enormity of Brown's contribution over the years.
And who knows where it could end. Billy Quaife took many of his wickets after his 50th birthday. By comparison brown is a spring chicken.
Today's opponents, durham, provide tough opposition.they are six-and-a-half points behind Warwickshire but with a match in hand. One bonus for the hosts, however, is the absence of Steve Harmison from the Durham squad.
The England management have decided he has proved his fitness and have requested he is rested. Seamers Callum Thorp and Neil Killeen are named in the squad, alongside 20-year-old scottish leg spinner Moneeb Iqbal.