The dreaded metatarsal fracture crops up before the World Cup.
This time it is Wes Brown who is to undergo a bone scan for a suspected fifth metatarsal fracture which could keep him out for as long as three months. His absence surely poses yet another headache for Capello in the midst of rejiggering an already thinned back line.
His injury will surely set in motion the debate once again whether England's long hard season without a winter break is counterproductive in a World Cup year. While other competitor nations have key personnel injured, the list is far less extensive and they will have them ready in time for the World Cup.