Ishmael Miller’s nickname around the corridors of West Bromwich Albion’s training ground probably should be ‘Lucky’.
Such is footballers’ sense of humour and banter that such an ironic moniker would suit Miller pretty well.
The Baggies striker missed most of the last Premier League season due to two back-to-back cruciate problems, which ate into his campaign last year.
Miller played a brief part against Chelsea on the opening day but, once again, succumbed to rotten fortune when he ripped his thigh muscle.
By all accounts it was an injury which affects just 0.0001 per cent of sporting folks.
The striker is now nearing a comeback after rejoining full training on Wednesday.
He said: “We thought it was a thigh strain at first but we then discovered after a deeper scan that it was a torn tendon that one out of 10,000 athletes tear.
“It’s frightening odds. It was at the top of the thigh, right near the groin.
“But I’ve been outside for a few weeks now. I’ve just been trying to get myself right so hopefully I don’t break down again.
“It has been frustrating from time to time – but it’s football and it’s what happens.
“I just need to make sure I come back right and do the extra work.
“I’m very excited to get back on the training pitch. I just want to play football. I haven’t played football for over seven weeks.
“I’ve had to draw on my own strength and I’ve had my family and friends around me to help. It could be worse. Some people get injured and never come back.
“We’ve got a very strong medical set-up at the club right now. We’ve got some great people who have helped me – and I feel very good.
“I’ve just got to take it day by day and week by week.
“I know what I can do and when I’m injury free hopefully I’ll get back to my best form.”
Roberto Di Matteo admitted that Miller could well go out on loan to help build up his fitness.
That will depend on the fitness and form of Albion’s strikers during the coming weeks.
“Ishmael still needs more time,” said Di Matteo. “And we might even look at the scenario of getting him out for 28 days. It’s difficult to say at this stage though.”