You have to feel sorry for the Arsenal and France international star Mathieu Debuchy. The right back looks set for a second lengthy spell on the sidelines since his transfer to Arsenal from Newcastle United in the summer. And the Frenchman is the perfect epitome of the bad luck that the Gunners have been suffering on the injury front.
And as much as people like to blame Arsene Wenger and the medical staff at the Emirates for our terrible run of injury problems, Debuchy is proof that this is not true, at least not completely. His first ankle injury was bad enough, damaging his ankle ligaments while playing against Man City, but the one today just takes the biscuit.
A nothing looking fall, helped by a shove from the Stoke player Arnautovic, is the sort of thing you see game in, game out and every week in the Premier League with nothing more than a dirty shirt to show for them. But Debuchy was unlucky enough to fall and slide into the advert boards in such a way as to damage his head and his shoulder.
And that shoulder looked pretty bad, as it took nearly six minutes to get him on the stretcher. If it is dislocated, Debuchy could be set for anothe lengthy spell in the treatment room and could miss some vital games for us, including the Champions League double header against the French Ligue 1 club Monaco, one of the reasons he moved to Arsenal in the first place.
It is a real shame for him but also for us, as we cannot seem to just enjoy a good win, good goals and a clean sheet, but alwways have some problem to deal with. The question is, how badly will this problem cost us?