Swansea City defender Tivonge Rushesha is set to miss the rest of the season because of a cruciate ligament injury.
Rushesha made his senior debut for Swansea in the EFL Cup last season and is highly regarded at the Liberty Stadium.
The 18-year-old was born in Zimbabwe but moved to Britain as a youngster and has come through Swansea’s academy.
“Unfortunately Tivonge has picked up a bad knee injury in training,” said Swansea boss Steve Cooper.
“He’s a good young player who we like a lot and has been part of our first-team training all season.
“We’re gutted because he’s such a good lad, but we’ll make sure we look after him and I am sure he’ll look after himself.”
Right-back Rushesha, a Wales Under-19 international, has not played for Swansea in 2020-21 but has featured on the bench.
“Unfortunately it’s a quite common but serious injury,” Cooper added.
“But it’s one that players can recover from and I’m sure he will. He’s got such a good attitude. I’m sure he’ll be one of the ones who recover even stronger.”
There is some brighter injury news for Swansea, with on-loan Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White close to returning to training after two months out with a foot problem.-BBC