Newcastle have been beset by a number of injuries to key players this season, which has so far hampered Steve Bruce from being able to play his strongest side.
With the excitement surrounding the acquisition of winger Allan Saint-Maximin having to be curtailed due to a thigh injury, it was a dampener for fans who wanted to see their new star in action.
When they thought they were finally getting the chance to see him turn on the style, he suffered a recurrence of the problem, minutes into the Spurs game.
With DeAndre Yedlin still getting over his hernia surgery, and Matt Ritchie being sidelined following a nasty challenge during the Leicester EFL Cup defeat, it has been something of a nightmare start for Bruce.
But things may finally be turning around for the manager, with the Daily Star reporting that all three key players could be available for the Leicester game next weekend.
It will be music to the ears of Bruce, coming hot on the heels of his comments that he is hopeful of having Andy Carroll fit and available for a spot on the bench for the Brighton game on Saturday.
So finally things may be starting to head in the right direction in the treatment room, and it will not be a moment too soon.
Return of injured trio would be timely for Newcastle
With tough games against Leicester, Manchester United and Chelsea in the offing, Newcastle will need to have all their players available, and raring to go.
Although most fan-excitement will be created by the potential return of Saint-Maximin, it is actually Ritchie and Yedlin they have missed the most.
Ritchie is so dependable and versatile that, although Jetro Willems has excelled in the left wing-back role in his absence, you would expect the former Bournemouth man to come straight back into the side.
And on the opposite flank, Emil Krafth has struggled to find his Premier League feet, which would see a Yedlin return as crucial in the coming weeks.
It may not be points on the board, but it is, at least, some welcome good news at St James’ Park.