Sami Khedira's August injury was a cruel kind of karma for not leaving Real Madrid and the German midfielder's absence has reignited rumours of a Premier League transfer.
Liverpool and Arsenal - again - are the two teams linked with the 27-year-old, who looked set to leave Real in mid-August only for the club to have a change of heart.
Toni Kroos' arrival has intensified competition in midfield at Real and even though Xabi Alonso left for Bayern Munich, Khedira is behind Luka Modrić and Asier Illarramendi in the pecking order.
Khedira has struggled with injuries over the last year and has not played since 31 August. Currently out with a thigh injury, he recovered to play at the World Cup this year but he suffered another setback on the eve of Germany's triumphant final in Rio de Janeiro.
Real have reiterated Isco will not be joining Liverpool or Arsenal, though.
Mats Hummels keeps being asked about Manchester United but what about Neven Subotic? The Mirror suggest the Serbian could move to Manchester instead of his partner.
Juan Cuadrado, linked on a near-daily basis to United in the summer despite no concrete interest from the club, is ready to sign an extension at Fiorentina.
And Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, impressive for Roma at City last night but unimpressive in a Newcastle shirt, could make his switch to the Eternal City permanent.