Sunderland fans have been left largely disappointed after the news broke on Wednesday that Emanuele Giaccherini will miss the remainder of the season through injury.
Gus Poyet confirmed to the Sunderland Echo this morning that Giaccherini will remain sidelined with an ankle problem for the rest of the campaign.
It is a blow for Sunderland that they can ill afford, with Poyet needing everyone available for selection as they fight for Premier League survival.
Although Giaccherini has not had the desired impact at the Stadium of Light, he has shown signs of class when on the pitch and would have provided Poyet with another attacking option as the campaign hots up.
The Italian had the versatility to cover a number of positions and his direct running meant that he could have been a useful weapon.
Poyet will have to make do without him, though, and Sunderland supporters are disappointed that they have still not seen the best of the 29-year-old.
Here is the some of the reaction to Giaccherini's injury setback from Black Cats supporters on social media site Twitter.
Dont really see that Giaccherini news affecting us too much. Gus rarely played him & when he did he put him on wing where hes ineffective— Gary Baker (@GazbSAFC) February 25, 2015
So Giaccherini will probablys be away in the summer.. Another 1 that just hadnt worked #safc— Simon Burton (@RokerRoar1980) February 25, 2015
Giaccherini is never gonna get going for us.— Chrìs Jones (@JonesSAFC) February 25, 2015
I'd probably be looking to offload Giaccherini in the summer.. Probably one of our highest earners and he's never off the medics table #safc— Joe Smith (@Joecsmith11) February 25, 2015
Gutted that giaccherini is out for the season. We are a better team with him simple— Jamie Joslyn (@JamieJoslyn1) February 25, 2015
Gutted to hear Giacherrini out rest of the season! This was going to be his season, honestly believe we'd be higher up the table with him...— Allan Davis (@davis0688) February 25, 2015
Absolutely gutted about Giacherrini, bit of class in midfield that we've missed this season— Michael Arkley (@MadArkerz) February 23, 2015
Giaccherini is made of glass I swear— JMB (@JoeBainbridge19) February 24, 2015