Leeds United fans will be hoping that Adam Forshaw returns from action sooner rather than later after his injury blow, if for nothing else than to shake the unfortunate hoodoo on his back.
The 26-year-old midfielder arrived at Elland Road from Middlesbrough in the January window, and immediately impressed with his quality in the centre of the park, looking a cut above those around him.
However his bright displays have not been enough to help end the atrocious run of form the club have suffered, with just one win in 2018 prior to the Whites’ win over Bolton Wanderers on Friday.
Having missed three games since signing for Leeds, two of those have been the only victories this year, meaning he is yet to taste victory in a game in which he has played for the club.
Now out with a calf injury, which is likely to keep him sidelined for some weeks, his replacement against the Trotters was fringe figure and midfield rival Ronaldo Vieira, who himself has failed to live up to expectations after breaking onto the scene last season.
The 19-year-old has 24 appearances under his belt this campaign, 18 coming in the starting XI, but he managed to rid himself of his indifferent form and put in a limelight stealing display against Bolton on the way to victory.
He was dominant in the centre, helping break up the visitors’ attacks before delivering some threatening balls forward in a bid to attack Bolton’s goal.
If Vieira can keep up this form in Forshaw’s absence, then the former Boro man is facing a serious fight to reinstate himself among the first team, and his winless record will not help his case.
In other Leeds United news, the club are working on a deal to sign an English centre-back who has been the best in the league this season.