The Derby County and England Under-21 midfielder was ruled out for six months after catching his studs in the turf during the first half of the match with Bolton.
Derby County midfielder Will Hughes has taken to Twitter to post a message thanking those offering support to the 20-year-old after his devastating knee injury against Bolton Wanderers at on the first day of the Championship season.
And the England Under-21 star has demonstrated a sense of humour that should bode him well during his six-month recovery from his cruciate injury, as he joked about the pain relief that was either administered to him while he waited for an operation, or as he recovered from the surgery.
Hughes also alluded to comments he had received that he is too lightweight a player by joking he'd have a chance to visit the gym in the coming months, as he searched for a positive in his injury.
Mmmmm morphine— Will Hughes (@wjhughes19) August 11, 2015
In a serious note appreciate the support from everyone...might be able to locate the gym now every cloud n that..— Will Hughes (@wjhughes19) August 11, 2015
The Rams website earlier today stated that the classy youngster's injury was indeed an ACL problem, necessitating surgery and with an approximate return date of February 2016.
With Hughes sure to have been a vital part of Paul Clement's side ahead of a promotion challenge this season, the former Real Madrid assistant could scarcely have suffered a more significant blow so early in his reign.