Stoke City are desperately seeking a solution to Ricardo Fuller's ongoing shoulder problems.
The Potters saw their most potent attacking weapon forced from the field again on Saturday after picking up an untimely knock.
Having fallen awkwardly in a 2-1 defeat away at Bolton, Fuller damaged his shoulder for the second time in three outings.
The injury first struck him during a meeting with Newcastle and he has been unable to rest the knock sufficiently for it to heal properly.
It was hoped that the international break would give him time to work on the problem area and rebuild the strength in his shoulder, but duty called with Jamaica and he has now been sidelined again.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis admits the issue needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency, as Fuller is key to the Potters' hopes of maintaining their Premier League status.
"He's the ace in the pack for us when you need him," Pulis told The Sentinel.
"If you play him for 30 or 40 minutes, he will do two or three things, either create or score.
"He's fallen heavily on the elbow and so the shoulder has most probably popped out again.
"The problem is, when they go away on international duty they are taken away from what we do on strengthening work, like Ric on his shoulder.
"If they're away for 10 days you don't know what they're doing."