Right now Granty and the boys need a little smile from Lady Luck – and events at Ninian Park last night might, just, have found her ladyship with a slight smirk on her face.
Because as we all sat there and watched the Canary physios go to work on Jason Shackell's right ankle as the massage mats came out at the end of normal time at Spotland, so away in Wales it was another ankle that was causing the alarm bells to ring – that of Bluebirds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Who is, of course, due in Norfolk this Saturday as Norwich look to go into that two-week international break with three more, big home points tucked under their belts.
News that the former Chelsea and Boro' ace was last spotted hobbling across the Ninian car park, his right foot heavily strapped, will come as music to the gaffer's ears this evening.
So, too, will Dave Jones' comments afterwards, as he spoke to the boys from the icwales website.
?Jimmy fell awkwardly in the first half and he has a badly bruised ankle and we'll have a closer look at it again today,? Jones told them, with the Dutch marksman reported to have enjoyed an excellent night out against Orient – his first in Cardiff colours – even if it took till the 90th minute for Peter Whittingham to break the deadlock and earn Cardiff a ticket to the third round with that 1-0 win.
Jones has further injury problems at the back with skipper Darren Purse reported to be off for a scan on a knee injury. He, too, now has to be a doubt for the trip to Norfolk.
Not that it is all good news – Hasselbaink's new strike pal is, of course, a certain R Fowler.
Having played a full 93 minutes last night on his own Bluebirds debut – and struck the bar twice – he is likely to be floating around the building come the weekend.
As for whether the Canaries will have a fresh face in as Friday's transfer deadline looms and Granty's talk on Monday that he might now be looking at next month's loan market seems to be the order of the day.
That was what his body language said last night.
That right now, there was nothing imminent – certainly not of the permanent variety. A loan may yet be a possibility – if his body count doesn't look good in the morning.
But given the wheels for most full-time moves would need to be in motion by now, you don't pick up any sense that we're in for a late one come Friday.
There again, as one door opens and another deal closes, so people may yet come to the table – dipping their toe into the water to see if they can off-load a spare someone and all with a price tag attached.