Young Southampton striker Ryan Seager has revealed on Twitter that he faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday night.
In January, Seager joined Crewe Alexandra on loan with a view of earning regular first-team football in League One and to help the Gresty Road club move out of the relegation zone.
However, just 10 minutes after scoring his first goal in senior football against Rochdale, the 20-year-old suffered the injury that will keep him out for the foreseeable future.
Absolutely gutted to have ruptured my acl, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at @crewealexfc for making me feel welcome...— Ryan Seager (@Ryan_Seager) February 18, 2016
It's been a fantastic experience and I'll never forget it, good luck to all the players, staff and fans! Thanks for being so supportive⚽️— Ryan Seager (@Ryan_Seager) February 18, 2016
After establishing himself in the under-21 setup at Southampton, first-team boss Ronald Koeman handed Seager his senior debut last season in the 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, before a week later he came off the bench during the Premier League clash with Swansea City.
Saints teammate Jay Rodriguez sustained the same injury in April 2014, but he required 16 months of rehabilitation before returning at the start of the current campaign.