It’s fair to say that before his recent injury, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was having a below-par spell for the Premier League frontrunners.
The England international was one of the favourites in the Premier League betting to collect the golden boot this season but has struggled to hit the heights.
He had a game to forget against Swansea City last month at the Liberty Stadium and was given the hook by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Summer signing Robin van Persie has been taking much of the limelight at Old Trafford and rightly so.
The former Arsenal skipper has scored 16 goals in the Premier League so far and in recent games has formed a decent partnership with Mexican international Javier Hernandez, who has been chipping in with a few goals of late.
With Rooney out on the sidelines for a further two weeks with a knee injury, it’s not been the easiest spell for the former Everton starlet, who moved to the Red Devils back in 2004.
Ferguson has admitted it has been a blow to lose one of his stars to injury.
He said: "Wayne is still injured. It is not serious but it is going to take longer than we thought, probably another two weeks.
"He won't be fit for Liverpool. Hopefully another couple of weeks will sort it out. Nonetheless, it is a loss. You always want your best players available."
But with Rooney not at the peak of his powers punters who bet on football suspect it’s probably a better time to have the 27-year-old out on the sidelines than when he is banging in the goals.
There is no doubting Rooney’s ability and when the Three Lions striker gets back to full fitness, he will undoubtedly be causing problems for defenders and goalkeepers once again.