The LA Lakers' Steve Blake is set to be out for up to six weeks after tearing a ligament in his elbow, according to NBA.com.
Blake's blow leaves the franchise without all three of their point-guards at a time when they are looking to regroup following an indifferent start to the season.
The guard's injury was not diagnosed until this week, despite having occurred way back on November 26 in Washington.
With both Steven Nash and Jordan Farmar having already been ruled out with injures he was kept in the squad, but the Lakers have now decided that he isn't fit to play.
The news of Blake's absence will not be welcomed by fans who have seen their franchise riddled with injury issues this year.
Kobe Bryant has only just returned himself after being out for more than seven months and is expected to fill in for Blake at point-guard, but the side will be cursing their luck at experiencing yet another hitch.
Blake himself could not believe the misfortune the Lakers- whose current seasonal record stands at 10-11 having lost three of their last four matches- have suffered.
"Three (point guards), you would think, would be plenty enough to get you through the year," Blake said.
"For all of us to be out at the same time is pretty rare, I think."