Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer's injury jinx has struck once again after a freak training ground accident ruled him out for at least two weeks.
The 27-year-old, who returned to action as a substitute in Wednesday's 3-0 Carling Cup victory over Portsmouth after six months on the sidelines, damaged his left eye in training this morning.
He was taken straight to see a specialist and has been told to stay out of contact training for a fortnight.
Manager Glenn Roeder told official club website: 'Kieron took a knock to his left eye on Friday morning in what can only be described as a freak accident.
'We immediately took him to see a specialist and his advice was that he needs to rest and not to take part in any contact training for at least two weeks.
'Kieron does not deserve such wretched luck to happen little more than a day after getting back out on the pitch against Portsmouth, when for 30 minutes he showed the kind of electric pace and ability that we know he is capable of.
'It is such cruel luck to be robbed of his services, but we have just got to stand up and be counted and move forward in a positive way, starting with Charlton on Saturday.'
Dyer had been hoping for a first start since April against Charlton tomorrow night after playing a superb cameo role in midweek.
The latest blow comes after a gruelling battle against groin and hamstring problems, complicated by an existing medical condition, which at one stage left his career in doubt.
The England international admitted after the Portsmouth game he hoped that the lay-off would be his last, but the fact his latest setback is unconnected to previous injuries will be a small comfort.