Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini has been quoted by the Northern Echo suggesting his season is over.
The wide player has been out of action with an ankle injury, which required surgery, and he’s admitted he doesn’t think he’ll be ready until the next campaign.
“I’ve had a bad injury, and the season is pretty much over,” he said.
“I played three games in the Premier League in September, then I broke my leg. Then, in early February, I got hurt again. Virtually, my season has ended.”
The comments suggest that Giaccherini won’t stress or rush himself in terms of trying to get back to fitness as quickly as possible.
His aim appears to be looking ahead to next season, which puts him in a difficult position for two main reasons.
Firstly, it’s not completely clear at the moment which division Sunderland are going to be playing in.
The side are not clear of the relegation places and he may think about his association with the club differently if Sunderland are a Championship side and not a Premier League team.
Secondly, Gus Poyet could move on from the player if he makes certain signings during the summer transfer window.
He’s a top quality option when he’s fit and playing well, but the boss could move on and it could be difficult for Giaccherini to get game time and to fight his way back into the first team.