When Bristol City signed Fulham defender Steven Sessegnon on loan in September it seemed like a match made in heaven but unfortunately, a solid start has turned into a frustrating situation for all involved.
The Robins needed cover and competition for Jack Hunt at right wing-back after Pedro Pereira returned to parent club Benfica in the summer, while Sessegnon’s chances of getting regular game time at Premier League new boys Fulham looked slim.
The England U21 international’s arrival certainly seemed to be well received by the Ashton Gate when it was announced.
The lightning-quick defender has been stuck behind Hunt in the pecking order for much of his time at Ashton Gate so far, featuring four times in total, but looked set to play an important role with games coming thick and fast before the November international break.
Sessegnon made his first Championship start against Swansea City on Saturday and looked bright for the first 73 minutes before disaster struck.
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A hamstring injury saw the Fulham loanee stretchered off at Ashton Gate and it appears he could now be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
According to the Bristol Post, the 20-year-old could be missing from first-team action for several months due to the injury.
The report claims that Dean Holden is set to be without Sessegnon until 2021, adding to the Robins’ current injury woes and leaving him short at right wing-back.
It is a frustrating situation for all the parties involved, who will be hoping that Sessegnon’s recovery goes well and he is able to hit the ground when he returns to fitness in the new year.