Injuries come part and parcel of any football club's season, a circumstance often based on good or bad fortune as much as anything else but which can have a dramatic effect on the campaign of any outfit.
It's the manner in which a side deals with their squad absences that often dictates how a season fares, with some teams adapting better to the changes in personnel than others.
The 2013-14 Premier League term was once again influenced heavily by these injury blows, with Arsenal's Theo Walcott even having his World Cup hopes torn asunder as a result of his mid-season misfortune.
Ranking the top 10 most influential injuries of the current campaign, here we count down some of those most hurtful blows, with the teams competing for title honours and relegation, respectively, taking precedence.
But as we'll see, there were ramifications that emerged from across the board.
All injury details and figures come courtesy of Transfermarkt.