Liverpool loan star Joao Teixeira looks to have played his last game in a Brighton shirt, at least for this season, after picking up a knee injury in the 0-0 draw with Huddersfield.
The 22-year-old playmaker has been one of only a few bright sparks in an otherwise miserable campaign on the South Coast, and it looks like his season may have ended prematurely.
During the 0-0 bore-draw at home to Huddersfield, with the game edging towards its finale, the Portugal Under-21 international’s studs appeared to get stuck in the turf as he hit the deck.
With his teammates quickly surrounding him, it became obvious to the Amex crowd that Teixeira was in trouble and he later departed on a stretcher with his right knee encased in protective gear.
Boss Chris Hughton didn’t say much after the final whistle regarding the seriousness of the injury, but former Brighton ace Adam Virgo explained to BBC Sussex Sport that it didn’t look promising.
ALBION: João Teixeira being stretchered off - Virgo "With my experience with knee injuries, it doesn't look good"— BBC Sussex Sport (@BBCSussexSport) abril 14, 2015
Teixeira has netted six times in the Championship this season for the South Coast outfit – more than any other Brighton player – while also contributing with three assists.
Along with centre-back Lewis Dunk, he is likely to be a frontrunner for the upcoming Player of the Year awards although he may have already played his last ever game for the club.