Wolverhampton Wanderers will be without star man Pedro Neto for the remainder of 2020/21.
News arrived on Monday from the club that the 21-year-old forward needs surgery on his knee.
Jornal de Noticias have claimed the player is looking at six months on the sidelines and will miss the European Championships with Portugal.
That’s a hammer blow for a player who stood a fantastic chance of being selected by Fernando Santos.
There has been a lot of chat about why the injured occured for Neto.
Some have criticised Nuno Espirito Santo for playing him knowing he was carrying an issue from the last international break.
But according to a report from The Athletic, Neto’s injury is not linked to that.
It’s explained by them that: “Neto has suffered a fractured patella (in layman’s terms, a broken kneecap), which occurred when he rode a tackle during the Fulham game and landed on his left leg, taking his full weight.
“While he had injured his knee playing for Portugal, this was a separate injury entirely.
“Neto had trained fully in the lead-up to the game on the back of his 90 minutes against the Hammers and Wolves’ medical staff had communicated with the Portugal medical team during the international break.”
Just one of those things in a season of bad luck
It sounds as if Neto has just been really unfortunate.
Clearly he had been deemed perfectly fit to play against Fulham – surely he would not have been risked if there were any concerns.
Hopefully the youngster is able to make as swift a recovery as possible now, and pick back up again where he’s left off, whenever that may be.