Manchester City's Ousmane Dabo has been ruled out for six weeks after it emerged he suffered a knee ligament injury in training.
The French midfielder has only just completed a three-match suspension following his dismissal at Reading last month and had been expected to play in City's Premiership draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
However, manager Stuart Pearce saw his hopes of fielding Dabo in the same side as Dietmar Hamann and under-fire Joey Barton for the first time dashed during training last Thursday.
The 29-year-old summer capture from Lazio pulled up with an injury which is likely to rule him out until the middle of November.
'Ousmane did his knee ligaments in training last Thursday and will be out for around six weeks,' confirmed Pearce.
'It is sod's law really. He has just missed three games through suspension and has picked up an injury right on the back of that, which is very disappointing.
'He was just starting to show some form for us and possibly would have played at Everton.'
Pearce's new signings have been beset by ill luck since the campaign began.
Hamann sat out the opening four Premiership games after picking up a foot injury during pre-season and defender Hatem Trabelsi has so far managed just a single appearance at Blackburn after initially struggling to overcome a hamstring strain before injuring his groin at Ewood Park.
Luckless goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson has not even managed a solitary start after being struck down by ankle and knee problems since his £2million move from Rennes in August.