In Glenn Hoddle's world it's not just raining, it's pouring. With his team falling out of the promotion picture, and criticism cascading from his own fans, the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager learned yesterday that he must do without Seyi Olofinjana for the next two months.
The midfielder has started just six Championship games this term, but he had a strong end to the last campaign and would have come into Hoddle's reckoning as his search for a winning formula becomes more frantic.
Olofinjana has been on international duty with Nigeria, but has been sent home from the African Cup of Nations, and told to rest a back condition he picked up at the end of 2005-6.
"Unfortunately Seyi has got to go through a period of complete rest for six or seven weeks," said Hoddle.
"That's a big blow for him and a big blow for us but it's an answer to the reason why perhaps he's not been at his best. It's taken some time but at least we've tracked it down, although unfortunately it's rest that's going to be needed."
Hoddle's point that Olofinjana had been below par is fair. Having initially struggled to settle into the English game following his move from Norwegian side Brann, the 25-year-old emerged as one of the club's surprise packages towards the end of last season.
However, that progress was undermined by the injury as he turned in a series of disappointing displays in August and September.
There is more positive news on midfielder Mark Davies who, despite a bruised ankle bone, could be back in contention for Saturday's visit of Crewe.
Mark Clyde - without a first team appearance for just over a year - made his latest return from injury and keeper Matt Murray took another step to recovery in the reserves' Birmingham Senior Cup-tie at Nuneaton Borough last night.
Jackie McNamara is also making good progress following his cruciate knee rupture, and retains an outside chance of featuring again this season.
Meanwhile, Hoddle has admitted having to continue to nurse Carl Cort back from his knee injury, having substituted the striker shortly after the hour mark in the last two games.
"Corty is still suffering from the hangover of his knee problem a little bit," added Hoddle.
"We're having to protect him and take things day by day to make sure he's OK by the end of the week.
"He initially suffered the problem in the away game at Crewe, when he was top scorer in the league and flying. It's taken a long time but there's no instant heal from an injury like that, just hard work and perseverance."