Sadio Mane’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time, in truth.
We’re about to embark on a crucial set of matches with no international football to break it up.
It’s been confirmed by the official website that our Senegalese winger has done his hamstring, with an expectation that he’ll miss six weeks.
We’ve had a look at the fixture list and discovered that Mane’s absence coincides with a run of fixtures where we’re basically playing twice a week, every week.
As a result, our early estimate is that the 25-year-old will miss 11 matches.
They are: Manchester United, Maribor, Tottenham, Huddersfield, Maribor, West Ham, Southampton, Sevilla, Chelsea, Stoke and Brighton – meaning he could return to the side on December 6 against Spartak Moscow.
The news, in short, is devastating, especially considering we’ve endured a very difficult start to the campaign anyway.
Mane started it brilliantly, but ever since his red-card against Manchester City, things have not gone his or our way.
He missed three games and hasn’t been up to speed since, while his team-mates have consistently drawn matches we should have waltzed through.
Now, they’ll have to find a way to do it without him.
Coutinho will surely move to the left, meaning there’ll be a spot for Adam Lallana in central midfield when the Englishman returns.