Gordon Bartlett's dream Wealdstone strike-force has hit the buffers again after Callum Martin's comeback was cut short after just one game.
The crocked striker made only his fourth appearance of the season against Margate on Saturday, and scored a sublime goal just minutes after replacing Davis Haule in the second half.
However, a persistent groin problem has flared up again, leaving the 22-year-old's season in tatters. He has only made two starts this season, both last September, and the latest injury blow has left a big question mark over how much of a part he can play in the future.
In the wake of the Margate victory, Bartlett likened Martin's goal to that of former Stones hero Jermaine Beckford, and was excited at the prospect of regularly pairing him in attack with battering ram Ben Alexander.
However, those dreams will now have to be put on hold until the full extent of Martin's injury is known.
"Callum has suffered a recurrence of a groin injury," said the Stones manager. "I was really excited about having him back but it is frustrating from everyone's point of view. Him playing is not something we can guarantee on a week to week basis. It's very disappointing."
Martin, whose twin brother Carl has been battling it out with Marvin McCoy for a regular spot at right back, has been plagued by pelvic problems for the past three years. The Barnet Ladies coach is regarded so highly by Bartlett that the manager bought him his distinctive green boots as a gesture, yet only time will tell if he can overcome this latest setback.
"He has had so many injury problems and has not been able to devote the time that both he and I would like", added Bartlett. "But he got back for the game on Saturday and it paid dividends.
"We need to get Callum fit and foccussed. I would dearly love him back fit and firing as his potential is enormous. His goal on Saturday reminded me of the one Jermaine (Beckford) scored against Slough about three years ago  both feet off the ground, the technique was perfect."
Robbed of another striker, Bartlett hopes the return of Alexander will soften the blow. The burly frontman was handed his first start since December and, while looking short of match fitness, displayed the sort of qualities of an old fashioned, bruising striker.
"If I've got a fit and positive Ben Alexander then I've got another major asset on my hands," commented Bartlett. "Neither he or Callum figured a few weeks ago - it felt like I have signed two new strikers until Callum got injured.
"They could be a wonderful pairing as they are both different - one is big and strong, while the other is quick and tricky. It would be an ideal strike partnership, we've just got to get them fit.
"I've always believed in Ben and the only person that has let him down is himself. Mentally he has got to be stronger."