With Norwich City severely struggling for goals, the last thing they wanted was to lose a forward for any period of time. But it appears that on loan forward Harry Kane faces, at least, a month out of action.
However, he would then have to build up his match fitness again, so six weeks might be a more realistic time frame. As a Norwich fan, this is a big concern, because Kane was signed to help solve the goal-scoring problems.
This season, Simeon Jackson is the only forward to have found the net. I think we know that Grant Holt will hit the goal trail in the near future. But there must be severe doubts about what Steve Morison and Chris Martin will be able to deliver this season.
Of course, there is also the issue of a lack of competition while Kane is out injured. It would be interesting to know if the manager still feels he made the right decision in allowing James Vaughan to leave the club on loan for the season.
As far as we know, there is not a talented young striker waiting in the wings for his chance in the first team, so Norwich must find a solution with what they have available. Nevertheless, it would be no surprise if a striker is on top of the shopping list for the January 2013 transfer window.
However, between now and then, there has to be added pressure on the midfielders to chip in. Alexander Tettey proved he has that in his locker against Doncaster Rovers, but it remains to be seen who else will be able to provide goals on a regular basis.
I have to admit that I am a bit worried, just now, but we will all be able to relax a bit once Grant Holt gets back in the act. I am hopeful that a tighter looking defence will mean we won't need to score many goals to secure wins. It is difficult to argue against the virtues of 1-0 wins, starting with Liverpool on Saturday (29 September 2012).