Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive Jez Moxey is adamant that a run of bad luck with injuries has hindered his club's progress since their return to the English top-flight.
Mick McCarthy's side are one from bottom in the Premier League, having failed to win any of their last eight league games.
However, Moxey believes that the fates have conspired against the Miolineux men.
He told the Express & Star:"Mick is too proud a manager to even raise the issue of all the injured players, but the facts are inescapable.
"Just look at the injuries we've had. Michael Kightly was one of our three best players last season and he's been out for virtually all the current campaign.
"We lost Sylvan Ebanks-Blake after the first game of the season and he hasn't been back to where he would like to be. Kevin Foley was voted Supporters' Player of the Year last season, but he has missed virtually all the matches so far.
"Kevin Doyle started the season injured and Chris Iwelumo, our second top scorer from last season, has only played one game.
"Coupled with one or two players perhaps not stepping up the plate as we expected, then it's easy to understand why we are where we are.
"We have consistently said that we'd have difficult times during our return to the Premier League – it's the best league in the world."