Benjamin Mendy's worst fears were confirmed on Thursday night when doctors confirmed he has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Mendy, who joined Manchester City from Monaco this summer for £52 million, had made a promising start to life in the Premier League.
But an injury sustained against Crystal Palace over the weekend has threatened to end his season early, with nine months out being rumoured.
A club statement said: "After initial tests in Manchester at the start of the week, Benjamin travelled to Barcelona to see a specialist doctor, where further examinations of the knee today confirmed the extent of the injury.
"Benjamin will undergo surgery tomorrow in Barcelona, and everyone at the Club wishes him a speedy recovery."
Mendy has been inundated with well wishes on Twitter since news emerged of his long-term injury, including from Leroy Sane and former Monaco teammate Radamel Falcao.
In response, the 23-year-old said thank you to all those who tweeted him (see below).
He wrote: "Bad news guys. l'll be joining Injury FC on loan for a couple monthes with ruptured ACL... but will be back soon & stronger hopefully.
"Thank you all for the warm messages since the game, really appreciate. We keep in touch, all behind my #SharkTeam now.
"Coming back soon @mancity."
A long and frustrating road to recovery awaits Mendy, who will now spend a lot of his time in physiotherapy working his way back to full fitness.
But in his spare time, there's only one thing he's going to be doing: playing FIFA 18.
Mendy is a huge fan of the franchise and showed as much when he complained about being given a 78 rating on the latest edition.
But it gets worse for Mendy. Rather brutally, EA have already made adjustments to the Frenchman's rating seeing as he's injured.
In the tweet below, by Goal.com's Sam Lee, Mendy now has a red arrow pointing downwards next to his name on FIFA 18, alongside a woeful rating of 76.
As Sam explains, it's a cold move from EA to decrease Mendy's rating so soon after he found out his season is over. It's not like he's out of form. Here's how Twitter reacted.
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