As Arsenal fans, we are more than accustomed to players being hampered by injury.
Some of our most talented players have been unable to hit the heights their skills should have reached, as bad luck has cursed them with ailments and treatment time aplenty.
But when it happens to younger players who have had their dream torn out of their grasp, that really is genuinely hard to swallow.
Konstandinos Mavropanos made his debut two seasons ago in Arsene Wenger’s last campaign, when a long list of crocked defenders meant that the young Greek had his golden opportunity to make his mark.
He covered himself in glory that day and for the tail end of the season, he showed his physicality and aerial ability could stand him in good stead. Positioning and tactical nous can be taught, but he possessed the cornerstones of a good defender.
Hopes were high, but injuries last season cost him any form of progress he had built up and when he finally did come back, he had all of his positional cohorts ahead of him in the pecking order.
Mavropanos has been fighting ever since to get the nod and his appearance count tell you how far he has gotten in his bid to gain the experience he needs to become an established player. Just the one in the league so far.
So a loan move suits all parties, and his season-long move to the German Second Division with FC Nurnberg will be the ideal platform to gain the minutes he requires to blood the talents we know he has.
With Sokratis and David Luiz both on the wrong side of 30 years of age, the likes of Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Mavropanos have the ability to stake down their squad places for the near future.
Good luck Dino, come back to us a better player.