IF bad news really does come in threes then Nahki Wells could be in for a cracking afternoon today.
The Bermuda international is due to return for Huddersfield Town after being forced to sit out the midweek loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This was due to a red card very harshly shown to Wells a week ago at Millwall, in what was his first outing since being forced out of the Leeds United derby after just nine minutes by injury.
No wonder manager Chris Powell, therefore, is hoping his striker can make up for lost time today against high-flying Bournemouth.
“It has been a real frustrating time for Nahki,” said the Terriers manager. “But he is a good player for us and a goal scorer.
“People say things come in threes, well in our last three games he has got injured after 10 minutes, been sent off and then missed a match. Hopefully, he will now be okay.”
Town travel to Dean Court knowing that one of the few Championship teams able to boast anything like a level of consistency lie in wait.
It was, of course, the Cherries who won 4-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on the opening day to usher Mark Robins towards the exit door as the former Manchester United striker became the first managerial casualty of the season.
Powell succeeded Robins a month later and has overseen an improvement in form, even allowing for Tuesday’s disappointing 4-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“We are among around 20 other clubs in the division that are striving for consistency,” said Powell ahead of today’s long trip to the south coast.
“Look at Wolves, they lost to Reading but then beat us whereas, we beat Millwall and then lost to Wolves.
“Millwall, meanwhile, lost to us and then beat Birmingham. That is just how the league is.
“We would all like to cure inconsistency, but the quality of the division and close proximity of the games catches teams on the back foot.
“You would like to get the same performances out of the team, but it can be quite hard.
“The Championship doesn’t change. We just have to take care of ourselves and want to get as many points on the board as we can. It will continue to chop and change, just as it has done all season.”