Luis Boa Morte finally got the news he was dreading last week, when the results of the scan carried out on his knee revealed that the injury is of a relatively serious nature and is likely to keep him out for six to eight weeks.
Any lingering hopes that the Portuguese international had of a World Cup call-up have now been firmly dashed.
"I've had the results back now," said a subdued Boa Morte, speaking to Fulham Today, "and it looks like I'll be laid up for a couple of months. I'll have to rest it initially and do some muscle work around the knee.
"Hopefully if everything goes right, then I can be back for the first week of pre-season training. We have to take everything carefully so that we don't cause any further damage, but it means I'll be doing a lot of work over the summer."
Physio Michael Snelling explained exactly what the problem is.
"The scan has revealed that Luis has a grade two sprain of the medial collateral ligament of his right knee.
"He'll be going to the rehabilitation centre in France for a couple of weeks in the summer, and he'll probably just about be ready to return in time for pre-season training with everyone else. Conservatively, this sort of injury takes six to eight weeks to sort out."