With so much uncertainty around this season and the next, one of the casualties to the football calendar that looks most certain is the pre-season tour.
Once a year, Manchester City and other top clubs rack up the air miles to go and grow their brand in corners of the world they don't usually get to for competitive fixtures, putting on training sessions, exhibition games, and crowd-pleasing events for supporters present and future.
Given the sanctions around travel and the disrupting of the football schedule caused by coronavirus, high-profile tours look to be another aspect of the annual cycle that can be sacrificed.
For many of the playing and coaching staff, that will be a relief. Players train better in familiar conditions where they haven't travelled thousands of miles; Pep Guardiola made his unhappiness so clear in China that he upset the reporter working for state media, leading to a rather unflattering write-up of the club.
What tours are useful for, however, is for spotting the players that may not have been thought of as part of the first-team plans but improve their standing.
Jack Harrison spoke this week about "an exciting opportunity if I was to go back to Man City and work again with Pep Guardiola" after two seasons at Leeds.
Harrison stood out with his effort and application on the tour of the US in 2018 and earned a move to a good Championship club managed by a man Guardiola rates as the best coach in the world.
Douglas Luiz would have played his way into the first-team squad for the season had he not been denied a work permit, while Luke Bolton has enjoyed two loan moves and a new contract that takes him to 2022.
From the Asia tour last summer, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Tommy Doyle grafted their way to being seen as the two outstanding academy prospects ahead of the rest of the pack; both have subsequently made their senior debuts.
There will still be an opportunity for Harrison, Bolton, and others to try and better their standing in the club in whatever pre-season teams end up having. But there will not be the same scope to really show their improvement and what they can offer to the existing squad.
Guardiola and his staff are more adept than pretty much any team at being able to spot potential opportunities, as shown by the number of players that have been successfully deployed in other positions at the Etihad during the last few years. As far as football and society go, there are also bigger issues to consider.
It does feel a shame though for those players - either returning loanees or the latest academy prospects - that will have been working towards their big window of opportunity in a system where those are so few and far between.