Thirteen really did prove to be an unlucky number for Dover midfielder Liam Bellamy.
An ever-present in boss Chris Kinnear’s line-up this season, Bellamy injured his knee in the 13th game of the Vanarama National League campaign, the live televised clash against Woking at Crabble on September 25.
It caused him to miss Saturday’s game at Gateshead and Tuesday's at Torquay and he now faces an anxious wait to see how long he will be on the sidelines.
He was due to have a scan this week.
Bellamy, who joined Whites from Ebbsfleet in the summer of 2013, wasn’t about to hide his disappointment.
He said: “I was really enjoying a great run in the side, so it couldn’t have happened at a worse time for me.
“I’ve worked so hard to get in the side and now I’ve had to give my place up because of this. It’s so frustrating.
“I just don’t know how long I will be out for at this stage, but there’s nothing I can do about it.
“I’ve just got to deal with it and work even harder to get my place back.”
But Bellamy is not looking forward to watching his team-mates play.
He said: “That’s the worst thing about being injured. You want to be out there playing.
“I am not the best of spectators, not by a very long way.”
While he cut a forlorn figure, Bellamy hadn’t lost his sense of humour.
He thinks he’s jinxed when it comes to playing against Woking.
Bellamy said: “I broke my hand in two places against them in the FA Trophy game at their place last season and now I do this.
“You have to have a laugh – it’s not an impressive record, is it?”