Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Rochdale in the FA Cup on Monday.
The Spaniard opened the scoring against Rochdale with a left-foot volley but had to go off through injury in the first half.
The former Barcelona player left the ground on crutches, which left Stoke fans fearing the worst.
Cruciate knee ligament injury confirmed
That was soon realised as a scan on Tuesday showed that Bojan had picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes told reporters: "It's bitterly disappointing for the club but even more so for Bojan himself as he was making such a big impact on the Premier League and clearly enjoying his football. We wish him a speedy recovery."
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Bojan: I will be positive
The 24-year-old joined Stoke City on a four-year deal last summer and has scored five goals in his last ten appearances.
He took to Twitter this morning to tell supporters: "I will be positive, I'll face it with a smile.. I promise u that I'll come back stronger than ever. Thks for ur love,I really appreciate it."