Typical. You are locked in a two-horse race for the Premier League title, hurtling at a rate of knots towards the business end of the season and your squad is decimated by injuries.
The spine of your team is ripped out with plenty of key players ruled out with a variety of ailments.
Still, it's a good job that the same fate has befallen your main rival. Both Manchester United and Arsenal have been hit by yet more injuries and setbacks.
The Gunners will be without Thomas Vermaelen for the rest of the season, Johan Djourou for most of it and Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby and Alex Song for longer than expected.
Meanwhile Manchester United are missing both their first-choice central defenders, have one midfielder suspended and another handful major doubts for the weekend.
Elsewhere, Blackpool should finally have Charlie Adam and Fantasy Football king Charlie Adam available again, Manchester City are missing Kolo Toure indefinitely following his failing of a dope test pending results of a B sample and Carlos Vela and Robbie Keane are both ineligible as their new teams face their respective parent clubs this weekend.