His return from injury was supposed to start the Rocks run into the playoffs.
But, just a fortnight after returning to the Bognor side, influential right back Calvin Davies is back on the treatment table – and is unlikely to recover in time to feature for the rest of the season.
The former Portsmouth player has been influential to the Rocks in recent years, giving the Nyewood Lane side an extra option when they burst forward.
But a knee injury sustained in the autumn has kept Davies out of the starting line-up for more than two months.
Rocks nursed him back to health gradually, easing him back into the starting eleven.
But in the second half of the 2-2 draw with Worthing, Davies went down in agony with early assessments showing it’s a repeat of his knee injury.
Pearce said: “I will be surprised if he plays again this year – he may do but I will be surprised.
“He was out for a long time last time and it’s the same knee and same injury. He may be back for last game of the season or the playoffs, if we make it, but we will have to wait and see.”