Japan international Hendrik Tui is the latest Reds player to be struck down by injury, before he's even arrived in Australia.
The New Zealand-born flanker fractured his fibula playing for Suntory Goliath as they reached the All-Japan Final.
Tui is now expected to be out for at least a month, joining an injury list that includes James Horwill (hand), Quade Cooper (collarbone), Greg Holmes (thumb), Rob Simmons (shoulder) and Beau Robinson (calf).
"There was a little bit of someone killed the old black cat or broken the mirror here at Ballymore with a few things, but it extends to Japan," coach Richard Graham told AAP.
"We'll find out once we see the scans as to how long he'll be out.
"Certainly it will be four weeks, but at this point in time our medical staff haven't evaluated anything."
Karmichael Hunt is of course another Reds absentee ahead of his court appearance on March 5, with the cross-code player allowed to train in Ballymore's gym but not with his team-mates.
"Anyone who's dealt with him understands he's a confident guy. He's dealing with it well," said Graham on Hunt.