Pedro Neto has been ruled out for the remainder of 2020/21 for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The winger has suffered a fractured patella, for which he requires surgery.
It’s a huge blow for the player, who could well face up to six month out.
Neto has been the shining light in a team that has largely struggled this season, and his unavailability now invites others to step up.
One man who may assume the responsibility of star man, is Daniel Podence.
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The 25-year-old has offered glimpses of quality this term, but has had some injury problems of his own.
He’s back fit again now though, and has already set about looking dangerous.
He was robbed of a brilliant assist against Fulham by the tightest VAR offside call of the season.
That would have been the £17 million star’s (BBC Sport) fifth goal contribution of 2020/21.
Podence to take over Neto’s mantle?
It’s likely Podence will replace Neto positionally, but one wonders if he can take over the 21-year-old’s mantle.
Podence and Neto are not too dissimilar style-wise.
The former Olympiacos star is comfortable working in those wide positions and is certainly capable of beating a man.
He could well be the man who steps up in the final eight games.