Worcestershire coach Tom Moody has had something of a nightmare trying to juggle his bowling resources since the season started three weeks ago.
It appears that his side are sufficiently near full strength not to have need of the onloan Alamgir Sheriyar for today's Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy first-round match with Scotland, but Worcestershire's 'injury situation' could do with an improvement.
On the plus side, Kabir Ali has travelled here and is hoping to be fit to play. That is despite suffering a bout of tonsilitis that limited his involvement in last week's County Championship defeat to Lancashire and kept him out of the Pears' totesport League defeat to Middlesex at Lord's last Sunday.
But Nadeem Malik, only just fit himself after missing the start of the season following shin surgery, is here as cover in case Kabir suffers a relapse.
Moody is without his main strike bowler, Matt Mason, who misses a second successive one-day match because of a hamstring problem.
If Kabir is fit and Chaminda Vaas finds his form, Worcestershire's attack should have more than enough to see off Scotland and book a probable secondround tie against Yorkshire at Headingley later this month. But Moody knows from experience the dangers of underestimating the Scots.
Worcestershire were given an uncomfortable ride on a rain-affected pitch before coming away from The Grange with four totesport League points on their last visit to 'Auld Reekie' ten months ago. No-one at New Road will be allowed to forget the county's NatWest Trophy first-round exit on the same ground seven summers ago.
" This is no lay- down match," said Moody, part of the embarrassed Worcestershire team that June day in 1998, but now New Road's director of cricket. "It was a tricky little wicket we played on last year and we should know better than anyone that this is always likely to prove a tough game, especially when you're playing them on their own soil.
"Scotland have become an established part of things in the Sunday League now and everyone who plays them knows that, if they perform to the best of their ability and you have too many who don't, then they're well capable of beating you. If you're off your game at all, then they'll win."
As they have shown in their last two Lord's finals, Worcestershire know all about what happens when a team is collectively off form. Last Sunday, at the home of cricket, they let victory slip through their fingers against Middlesex.
Following Worcestershire's two-day Championship defeat in Durham and last week's home slip-up against Lancashire, the Lord's setback was a third successive reverse in all forms of cricket for Moody's men.
"We had clawed it back well on Sunday," Moody said, "but the number of injuries took its toll in the end. It was like watching last year's final all over again, the way the ball was still seaming in the 40th over."
Only the ageless David Leatherdale came out of it with any distinction after scoring an unbeaten 72. Along with Graeme Hick, skipper Vikram Solanki, Moody and assistant coach Steve Rhodes, Leatherdale is one of five survivors of that Scotland defeat in the party at the Grange today. But, if all play in the responsible manner of Leatherdale on Sunday, there should be no slip-ups. After an ineffective debut at Lord's, new South African all-rounder Zander De Bruyn is keen to make more of a contribution.
"It's very early days," Moody said."He'd have been disappointed not to contribute with bat or ball but I'm sure there's plenty more to come from him."
WORCESTERSHIRE: V S Solanki (capt.), S D Moore, G A Hick, B F Smith, Z De Bruyn, D A Leatherdale, G J Batty, D J Pipe (wkt.), R W Price, W P U C J Vaas, Kabir Ali or M N Malik