Chelseaâ€™s injury crisis got even deeper this week, with Didier Drogba the latest victim. The Ivorian is set to be out for around a month, and his absence leaves a gaping hole in Chelseaâ€™s attack, especially with the enigmatic Nicolas Anelka struggling to find some semblance of form.
But, as some might say, every cloud has a silver lining.
One person youâ€™ll find agreeing with that sentiment is young Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo. The Argentine - who wears the number 9 shirt - stands to benefit more than most other squad members from Chelseaâ€™s injury woes.
Di Santo - who likens himself to ex-Chelsea striker and compatriot Hernan Crespo - has so far been restricted to three substitute appearances this season, against Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and CFR Cluj. In each of those games he didnâ€™t have enough time to make a significant impact and show what he can do.
Ahead of the Aston Villa game tomorrow, he will be hoping that he gets more of a chance to shine.
Di Santo is clearly held in quite high regard by Scolari. Giving an untried youngster the number 9 shirt instead of a random numbered shirt in the 20s or 30s demonstrates this.
After arriving at Chelsea in January from Audax Italiano, Di Santo scored seven goals in eight Reserve team games, to finish as the sideâ€™s top scorer, quite an achievement for a player who had to adapt to a new country and footballing environment.
Integrated into the first team squad for pre-season preparations, Di Santo continued to demonstrate his potential, scoring two goals, the first against Guangzhou Pharmaceutical and then the second against Chengdu Blades.
It is clear that the kid has something about him.
The late, great Peter Osgood wore the number 9 shirt, and Di Santo could get a chance to show that he can go some way to living up to the exploits of the King of Stamford Bridge against Aston Villa tomorrow.
What a silver lining that would be.