As if defeat in Korea wasn't bad enough, doctors have reported that Kengo's likely to be out for the best part of 2 months with a broken jaw sustained during Tuesday's game.
If you haven't seen how it happened check out this link - the Kengo injury happens around 12 minutes into the clip).
With Juninho and Vitor Junior already on the sidelines, it's suddenly become difficult to see where the invention's likely to come from in the opening stages of the season. (Juninho, at least, shouldn't be too far away from a return to action.)
Well, it was never going to be plain sailing. And it will be interesting, if perhaps a little nerve-racking, to see how the team copes without their inspirational captain.