Aston Villa striker Wesley could reportedly be out for between six and nine months, following the injury he sustained against Burnley.
The Brazilian was challenged forcefully by Clarets defender Ben Mee in the 71st minute and received lengthy treatment.
Fans had been fearful as to the extent of the damage, and HLN are reporting it’s very bad news for the South American.
Apparently the former Club Brugge man has torn his posterior cruciate ligament and is set to undergo surgery.
It is a cruel blow for the club’s record signing, who would have been on a high from scoring his first league goal since October earlier in the game.
It’s been a tough start to life at the club for Wesley, who would no doubt have been hoping 2020 could have been a new chapter for him.
Villa fans react
Plenty of Villa fans were dismayed to learn of Wesley’s injury lay-off.
He has rightfully been criticised at times, but the vast majority of Villa supporters were behind Wesley to turn his form around.
The injury has now robbed him of a chance to do that, and his pain was shared by supporters on social media:
Wesley out for 9 months 😭
— AVFCchats 🦁 (@AVFCchats) 2 January 2020
He scores a pretty good goal, played well & out for 9 months? Typical!!!
Hope he comes back stronger than ever next season.
— •🅓🅔🅐🅝🅞• 🦁 (@Kilmartin32) 2 January 2020
Hopefully he will make a full recovery, so unlucky for him just as he was starting to shine
— Bonav (@Bonav72747813) 2 January 2020
He’ll need to wait a few days for the swelling to go down. Horrendous injury. So painful and long, long road, back. Speak from personal experience. Really feel for him.
— Howard Hodgson (@HodgsonHoward) 2 January 2020
May not play again if torn 😭😭😭
— Mark Gilfillan (@mark_gilfillan9) 2 January 2020
If this is true, I’m really saddened by it as I thought he’d started to turn a corner with his confidence and performance. Wonder who the boo boys will pick on next? 🤔
— Mrs O (@wardolly) 2 January 2020
Gutted for the big fella.
— Neil Gardner 🏴🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@Gardega) 2 January 2020
Savage. Get well soon Wes 😭
— Kieran Woodruff (@k1eranw) 2 January 2020
For me he’s been poor during his time so far but I thought against Burnley it was his best performance. He chased down defenders, win the ball back , held it up and even scored . Shame this injury happened just when he was playing the way he was supposed to
— The Sneaky Blinder (@SneakyBlinder) 2 January 2020