Hearts players remain in wait for their November salaries ahead of Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixture with St Johnstone at Tynecastle.
Hearts have numerous going concerns at present - with owner Vladimir Romanov voicing his desire to sell, £35million of debt and a dilapidated stadium - but chief among them has been the delayed payment of players for a second successive month.
It may have been coincidental, but prior to last Saturday's 2-1 win over Inverness, Hearts had not scored in four games, picking up one point from a possible 12, a run which dated back to before their payment was first delayed.
Their salaries are due on the 16th of each month and, but they were made to wait until November 4 for their October payment, and have now gone six weeks without receiving any further.
Hearts players have been in regular dialogue with their union, PFA Scotland, and had been poised to make a formal complaint to the Scottish Premier League on November 3.
However, manager Paulo Sergio persuaded them to bide their time and within 24 hours their wages arrived, 19 days later than scheduled.
The current delay is rivalling last month's in time, but unless the players group together and proceed with a complaint, little can be done, with the authorities not in a position to intervene.
Irrespective of whether a formal complaint is made, the case is complex and, without funds forthcoming, a resolution is difficult to find.
Should players go 90 days without payment, they would be entitled to invoke FIFA's article 14 (breach of contract) and leave the club for nothing - a scenario Hearts would surely wish to avoid.
Hearts are expected to sell players in January, although the situation could be complicated if the players were still owed money. Hearts are maintaining their media lockout and the official website is the only channel of communication.