Injury-plagued Simon Jones has suffered yet another blow to his bid to return to cricket after he had to have fluid drained from his troublesome knee.
One of England's 2005 Ashes heroes has been cursed with bad luck ever since that series, and his problematic knee is once more delaying his return to the game.
The Royals are now anxiously awaiting the results of tests on the fluid amidst growing concerns Jones is losing his battle to regain fitness.
The 30-year-old has not played since last August after undergoing two further knee operations, but was pencilled in to play in a second XI game at the end of this month.
The now seems unlikely after his latest blow, which saw him required to have fluid removed from the knee that has caused him so much trouble.
Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton said: "Simon saw the surgeon, who took some fluid from the knee, and we are expecting the results of the tests on the fluid back soon."
The county's director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, said that it was another kick in the teeth for Jones, who continues to work hard only to be struck by setbacks time and again.
"We are still waiting for some comment from the surgeon," said Rhodes. "We don't know if it is bad, good news or whatever. It is beyond my control.
"It is frustrating but what can you do about it. He has drained some fluid off Simon's knee and we are awaiting the results of that.
"Everybody feels for Simon, On top of being a wonderful cricketer, he is a wonderful person.
"We always feel for people with injuries and he has had the rough end of the stick more than any other cricketer I know.
"He doesn't deserve to be kicked in the teeth like this time and time again."
Jones played a major role in helping Worcestershire gain promotion to Division One of the LV County Championship with 42 wickets last season.
He was included in England's initial squad of 30 for the ICC Trophy but then the knee flared up again towards the end of last season.