It's just Graeme Dott's luck that - as first revealed here last night - he has broken his arm playing football.
It rules the Scot out of the Shanghai Masters but, with an operation, he may be able to compete in the forthcoming Royal London Watches Grand Prix.
How it will affect his career depends on the nature of the injury. Dave Harold missed five tournaments in 2004 after breaking his wrist on New Year's Eve. Anthony Hamilton's career was similarly hampered when he broke his wrist intervening in a mugging in London in 2000.
But Stephen Hendry won the 1994 World Championship despite fracturing a bone in his elbow during the tournament.
Dott went to defend his world title in 2007 as provisional world no.1. He is now 44th in the latest standings and sure to fall lower.
This injury follows his diagnosis last April for depression. It has been a rough year for Graeme and I for one wish him well.