Five goals in one match - what a way to rediscover your goalscoring touch.
That is what Manchester City and Argentina superstar Sergio Aguero achieved against Newcastle two weeks ago just before jetting off on international duty.
You can guess what happened next though, can't you? Aguero, 27, pulled up holding his hamstring against Ecuador on Thursday night whilst chasing a loose ball after just 22 minutes into Argentina's World Cup qualifier.
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And much to the dismay of City supporters and his team-mates, the injury looked so serious that he was carried off on a stretcher.
The last sight that the Sky Blues needed, with the coveted Manchester derby a mere fortnight.
The period of time that Aguero could face on the sidelines will be most worrying for City, given that any injury involving a muscle as fragile as the hamstring could be anywhere between a week and three months.
As a result, the Citizens will be praying for something not too serious, otherwise their title hopes could suffer a major blow.
The Argentinian menace has already suffered an injury setback this season to his knee - one that he recovered surprisingly quickly from given his history. A good omen for City fans, perhaps.
The curse of the international break strikes again, then. Much like typical tales of players getting called up for their country, Manuel Pellegrini is left frustrated by one of his own stars suffering the same fate that so many have before him.
Reminiscent of Fabian Delph's hamstring injury earlier this season - although this time a lot more serious given the player - the Chilean manager will be left assessing his options and potentially preparing for a sustained period of time without their prolific marksman.