Wrexham were enjoying a dream summer. A tour of the United States had brought them closer to their legions of American fans and they'd even had the chance to square off against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
However, in that latter game, the Dragons suffered a crushing blow. With just over 10 minutes on the clock at the Snapdragon Stadium, United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop came rushing out to contest a loose ball, smashing into Paul Mullin's hip in the process. Mullin immediately looked in serious pain.
At full-time, Wrexham's worst fears were confirmed when Phil Parkinson revealed that his star striker had suffered a punctured lung. It would not be controversial to describe Mullin as the Dragons' best player. He did score 38 goals last season, after all.
It's not yet clear just how much football Mullin will miss, but the injury normally takes around six to eight weeks to fully heal. In the short term, Wrexham do have players who can fill in, but it would not be a surprise to see Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds dip into the transfer market before the season starts, having only made one signing so far this summer.
If they do opt to go down this route, GOAL has collated a list of potential new recruits: