Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Filipe Melo has been ruled out for the season after he underwent knee surgery.
The Sheffield Star reported the development, which is a big setback for a player who has not featured at all in 2014/15.
Melo was believed to be on the comeback trail from an earlier injury, playing for the club's development squad a month ago.
The 26-year-old has only played six games for the club since signing from Portuguese club Moreirense back in January.
His future at Sheffield Wednesday is subsequently in doubt, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, there is a strong chance he could be released.
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During his six games last season Melo won 100 per cent of his tackles, and looked effective in the holding midfield role shielding the defence.
Fans on Twitter expressed their disappointment at the news, which removes a potential option from the Wednesday squad for the season as they attempt to win promotion.
Shame about Melo, i thought he looked a decent addition on the few games he played at the end of last season. #swfc— Mark Hope (@owls_4life) November 13, 2015