When Andy Carroll re-signed for Newcastle on the last day of the transfer window, it was almost as big a shock as when he left for Liverpool for £35 million in 2011.
The player has suffered from numerous injury issues since his departure from Tyneside, and the Chronicle reported his deal was heavily incentivised on Newcastle appearances, which made good sense.
Carroll was in the process of recovering from an ankle injury when he signed, and that, along with his battle to regain full match fitness after so long out, he was already facing an uphill task to get into the team.
Although Steve Bruce made noises about having him available for the trip to Liverpool, it was never a realistic prospect, and the news reported in the Mail Online that the striker will miss out on a return at his former club, will come as no surprise to Newcastle fans.
It was more than likely just to give the player something to aim for, but even if he has fully recovered from the ankle problem, he would be a long way from match ready.
He will need a good couple of weeks of training with the first team before he is a realistic selection contender, and even then, it is likely to be on the bench.
Newcastle desperate for more striker options
Newcastle really could do with Carroll being fit, as striking options are very thin on the ground, especially with Dwight Gayle also struggling to shake off his calf problem.
Although Gayle is listed by Physio Room as having a return date of 14 September, it is highly unlikely that he will be available.
It means that the goal-scoring burden will again rest on the shoulders of Joelinton, with Miguel Almiron still craving his first goal for the club.
Add the fact Liverpool is likely to be a defensive lineup, as it was at Tottenham, then it is likely that Joelinton will be ploughing a lone furrow up front and living of slim-pickings for the majority of the 90 minutes.