La Liga giants FC Barcelona have, on Thursday, been dealt a hammer blow on the personnel front, amid claims that Pedri Gonzalez will not return to action until the new year.
The subject of the treatment table at the Camp Nou has of course proven a major talking point over the early months of the campaign.
This comes with Barca having been forced to deal with a frankly alarming stretch of torrid luck on the injury front.
Despite the season being just months old, already, all of Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Sergino Dest, Alejandro Balde, Sergi Roberto, Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Philippe Coutiinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero have been forced into spells on the sidelines, owing to one issue or another.
In turn, it is safe to say that, as the campaign rolls into the hectic festive fixture list, the last thing which newly-appointed Blaugrana boss Xavi Hernandez would have wanted to hear of was another fresh injury concern.
As alluded to above, though, on Thursday, this is precisely what has been forthcoming in the Catalan capital.
As per a report from Spanish outlet Diario AS, Pedri appears unlikely to mark his comeback to the pitch until the new year at the earliest.
The midfield starlet, who has not featured in competitive action since late September owing to a quad injury, suffered a serious setback amid his efforts to regain full fitness last week.
With this development having marked his 2nd setback in just a matter of weeks, Xavi and co., in turn, have come to the decision to allow Pedri to start his recovery programme from scratch.
The 19-year-old, named world footballs Golden Boy just days ago, will therefore begin an extensive period of rehabilitation this week, in the hopes of seeing out the 2nd-half of the campaign without any further issues.