Goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has spent 2021/22 on loan from Wolves to Birmingham City but has now been ruled out for the season.
The 24-year-old recently returned to Compton Park to get checked over after an injury suffered against Queens Park Rangers.
He dislocated his shoulder in an innocuous incident, throwing the ball out and Blues boss Lee Bowyer has confirmed he will need surgery.
Sarkic has taken to Twitter to send a message to Birmingham fans and express his disappointment that a season which had been going well for him has been cut short.
Bowyer told BBC Sport of Sarkic: “He was in a bad way and will have an operation – it’s disappointing.
“He came in and did well, improved, and it’s a shame it’s ended that way. He’ll be going back to Wolves and having surgery – hopefully he recovers quickly.”
Many Birmingham fans on social media were gutted about the news, viewing Sarkic as a big loss.
The blow comes on the back of Wolves recalling Dion Sanderson, although Bowyer has moved swiftly to bring in Teden Mengi to replace him on loan from Manchester United.
Sarkic proved himself capable of playing at Championship level this season, but what does that mean for Wolves going forward?
Perhaps if John Ruddy left Molineux in the summer, in search of first team football, Sarkic could take over his mantle as backup stopper.
That said, at 24, he may decide he wants to get out there and play regularly.
First things first, he needs to get himself fully fit after suffering the disappointment before thinking about his next move.
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