Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Meritan Shabani has sustained a serious injury – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter are “gutted” by the update.
The 20-year-old moved to Molineux in the summer after leaving Bayern Munich and he previously played three first-team games for the German giants.
He’s been adapting to English football with Wolves’ Under-23s side so far this campaign, but was drafted into the senior squad in midweek for the Carabao Cup third round victory over Rochdale.
Shabani made his senior debut for Wolves off the bench during the second-half of that game, but unfortunately had to be stretched off shortly after being introduced.
It was a nightmare scenario for the German centre-forward who joins extremely highly-rated.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed (official website) on Friday that the striker will have a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an ACL injury.
“Shabani unfortunately had a serious injury to his knee, so he’s going to be out for a long time,” Nuno said.
“It’s an ACL, he had a problem with his ligaments. It’s a tough injury, but he’s a young boy and strong boy and will come through and come back stronger.”
A selection of Wolves supporters on social media are disappointed by the injury update on Shabani.
With the team competing on both domestic and European fronts this season, there is an opportunity for a number of players to force their way into the squad and try get an opportunity with the first-team.
But Shabani will need to go back to the drawing board after a serious injury and he will have to remain one for the future.
Here are some Wolves fans on Shabani:
Gutted for him
— George Harper (@georgewolves) September 27, 2019
A savage injury to a young talent, all the best on your recovery Meritan 👍.
— Alan Leese 🏴. (@_AlanLeese) September 27, 2019
So sad……..pass on our best. Wishes for a speedy recovery.
— BRIAN SIMS Dr.Hon.Univ (@BrianSims4) September 27, 2019
Tough road ahead. I have had two ACL reconstructions on both knees. He will be back next season and has time on his side thankfully
— Paul Mincher (@paulmincher1) September 27, 2019
Absolutely gutted for him, looks such a well composed player. Was hoping to see him push the first team players in the cup this season, terrible news for such a promising talent. 🐺💔
— Kristian Marcus Wilson (@BKristianmarcus) September 27, 2019
Real rough injury for Shabani. 😫
— Ad (@Sidaway_) September 27, 2019
Wishing Shabani a speedy recovery hope it goes well 🙏
— Darren Perry (@DarrenPerry17) September 27, 2019