A freak off-field injury means Corey Gameiro will be sitting on the sidelines when Sydney FC kick off their A-League season this Friday night.
But the Port Kembla junior still hopes to become the Sky Blues' top striker by season's end.
The Young Socceroo was doing promotional work at Fox Studios in Sydney before the A-League season when he slipped, dislocating his right kneecap. The injury is expected to keep Gameiro out of action for up to six weeks.
"I can't dwell on it," he said.
"It is disappointing . . . I was feeling fast, fit and strong. But, sometimes you got to take one step back to go two steps forward."
Speaking to the Advertiser before his debut season for Sydney, the 20-year-old said he knocked back offers from other A-League clubs as well as overseas outfits to sign with the Sky Blues.
Gameiro said he couldn't pass up the opportunity to play in front of family and friends on a regular basis, as well as with superstar Alessandro Del Piero.
"I'd say family, working with [coach] Frank Farina and learning off Alessandro Del Piero were the three main reasons why I signed.
"Working with Frank Farina has been fantastic. He is a great guy, a very honest and loyal man. That's what you want.
"Having players like Nicky Carle, Brett Emerton and, of course, Alessandro there . . . I never thought I'd be playing with these quality players.
"I remember as a kid watching Brett Emerton play for Australia and Del Piero playing for Italy in the World Cup.
"In a few years' time I can look back and say, 'wow I was playing with one of the legends of the game', because that's what Del Piero is."
Gameiro, who had been Farina's preferred choice up-front in the pre-season after the departure of striker Joel Griffiths to Chinese Super League club Qingdao Jonoon, was confident the Sky Blues could enjoy a successful season.
He said Sydney were not concerned about their "patchy pre-season form".
"In my opinion it could be a good thing that the media is writing us off. I think we will do well. I'm hoping to play my part and help the team when I get back from injury.
"The manager has shown faith in me and I hope to repay him and my team-mates with hard work and goals."
Sydney start their season at home to the Newcastle Jets this Friday night.