Commiserations to our star striker James Vaughan on missing the remainder of the season.
But hopefully his knee operation will be the first step on the road to him having an excellent 2014-15 campaign.
I really feel for Vaughany because he’s had a string of problems over the years.
He showed what he’s all about while on loan last season, and we were all delighted to see him join from Norwich permanently back in the summer.
He got off to a flying start this time with 11 goals in 12 games.
But his sending-off at Leicester, and the three-match ban which followed, was a huge frustration, particularly because it lasted longer than normal because of the international break it fell over.
While he was able to train as usual, Vaughany inevitably lost his match sharpness, and the rhythm to his season.
He had a knee injury, then a calf problem.
He figured in a few recent matches, but clearly was having trouble with his knee, caused by a cyst which will now be removed.
The management will have thought long and hard about whether to nurse him through to the end of the current season.
But by having the surgery now, he’ll have plenty of time to recover and ensure he is right for pre-season.
In the meantime, we have Nahki Wells in solid form, and others will have the chance to show that they can weigh in with a goal or two, starting when we welcome Ipswich Town to our place for an important game tomorrow.
The new cricket season is under way, and as always, I’m hoping for big things from Yorkshire.
Skipper Andrew Gale is, of course, a big Town supporter, and having seen him at a couple of recent games (he brought Michael Vaughan along when we played Sheffield Wednesday) I know he’s looking forward to a campaign which starts for real with a Championship game against Somerset at Taunton, beginning next Sunday.
Yorkshire, who look to have had a decent pre-season, had a good go in the four-day game last year, and led the table going into the final stages, when Durham’s consistency brought them a crucial win at Scarborough on their way to the honours and left us in second spot.
There’s no reason Yorkshire can’t be up there challenging in the Championship again.
But a big improvement is needed in the limited overs competitions as we aim to clinch a first piece of silverware since 2002.
The signing of big-scoring Aussie Aaron Finch, who will join up when his IPL commitments end, is an exciting one, and should really bolster Yorkshire in the one-day and 20-over formats.
I’m a bit of a cricketing purist, and I like the Championship, but I also understand the appeal of limited-overs cricket and its importance in taking the game forward.
Finch will also provide cover in the Championship when Kane Williamson is on New Zealand duty, and should prove a good signing.
Williamson made an impact last year, and Galey also made a good contribution with the bat while Adam Lyth is a very capable player.
Meanwhile young Alex Lees has loads of potential, as shown by his huge knock against Derbyshire at Chesterfield, which could be key if Gary Ballance follows Joe Root by becoming an England regular.
Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow could also be called upon for internationals, but we have a decent seam attack in Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett, Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Patterson.
Hopefully Azeem Rafiq can contribute with his spin, and it’s important Yorkshire get off to a strong start after a heavy defeat by Sussex this time last season.
I know Galey had some injury problems when he was out in Australia this winter, but hopefully, he is well on the way to full fitness.
It’s always good to have your captain leading from the front, and with any luck, he’ll lift a trophy.