Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia admitted his frustration after marquee signing Daniel Sturridge lasted just 18 minutes before picking up a groin injury in the 1-0 defeat against Macarthur.
Glory are priced at 6/4 to finish in the top six of the A-League but their chances of getting there suffered a setback following the defeat in Launceston.
Just to make matters even worse Sturridge picked up a groin injury when coming on at the start of the second half and was forced to hobble off the pitch.
Glory do not know the full extent of the damage just yet and exactly how long he will be out for but Garcia was frustrated when he addressed the media after the loss.
Glory have been patient with the player as they have tried to build up his fitness following a spell out of the game, but it is not working.
Sturridge has also suffered with sickness and has yet to start a game for his new club, much to the disappointment of everyone connected to the Glory.
"It’s disappointing. I keep trying to bring him back and he keeps breaking down," Garcia told reporters after the game. "He keeps getting to certain stages, I’m trying to find a solution. We've got to get to grips with it, find out where he’s at."
Meanwhile Garcia was also far from impressed with his side's performance as they could not respond to an early strike from Macarthur's Ulises Davila, who grabbed the only goal of the game.
Glory had their chances but did not take them and where made to pay.
"We probably should have put those away. We had enough chances to win the game," Garcia told reporters. "A mistake for the goal and the boys didn’t respond in the right manner.
"We changed our mindset. That’s something that needs to change. We need to have the same mentality whether we are one up or one down."