Cardiff Blues centre Jack Roberts is set to miss the start of the 2018/19 campaign as his rehabilitation from a knee continues to delay the start of his Arms Park career.
Since arriving from Leicester Tigers last summer, the 26-year-old has yet to actually run out on the plastic pitch at CAP, with his three competitive first team appearances so far each resulting in separate injuries in what was a nightmare year for the Bangor-born man.
It all started during pre-season last summer, when a try scoring debut saw Roberts pick up a muscle strain, delaying his Guinness Pro14 bow until the round four game against Munster in Thomond Park.
That only lasted 14 minutes before a knee injury forced him off, and his comeback against Newcastle Falcons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup was even shorter, with just eight minutes on the clock when he hobbled off with a calf issue.
Appearances in the British and Irish Cup for the Cardiff Blues Premiership Select XV followed, before a return to his former stomping ground at Welford Road saw him score another try in 73 excellent minutes, before Roberts ruptured his knee ligaments and required surgery, ending his debut season early.
It is that injury which the centre, who made 16 appearances in the Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup for Leicester in 2016/17, is still recovering from and is likely to keep him out until October at the very earliest.
John Mulvihill will instead turn to the likes of Willis Halaholo, Rey Lee-Lo and Garyn Smith in midfield during the early part of the season, with Owen Lane and Aled Summerhill keen to move inside from the wing, and youngster Harri Millard and Cameron Lewis looking to break into the first team.