Manchester United fans were hoping to get their first glimpse of Paul Pogba in a red shirt since 2012 when their Premier League campaign got underway against Bournemouth this weekend.
However, the Football Association have dealt a definitive blow to any chance of that after confirming he will be suspended for the fixture at the Vitality Stadium.
The announcement was made on their official Twitter account in which they revealed four players were currently serving out suspensions. Pogba's inclusion has caused something of a storm.
Here is that tweet:
But why has he been suspended? Surely any booking he picked up during his Manchester United days had expired whilst his arrival at Old Trafford was completed in good time, so he's registered.
Luckily, the FA offered an explanation to one curious fan, confirming that bookings in last season's Coppa Italia resulted in a one-game suspension. To everyone's surprise, this ban has been carried over to England.
They tweet read: "He was booked twice in last season's Coppa Italia, which results in a one-game ban. This has been transferred to England."
Would he have played anyway?
Having reached the final of Euro 2016, Pogba was granted an extended holiday by Juventus and never returned to full-team training before joining Manchester United. The £89m transfer would have further disrupted his preparation, meaning he goes into the start of the season lacking match fitness.
Few footballers can claim to be in as good a condition as the 23-year-old but it is unlikely Jose Mourinho will risk putting him in the spotlight before he is completely ready. That means the suspension is unlikely to make a difference to the Special One's plans.