Ipswich Town have been hit with the hardest of blows, with ITV reporting that the former Manchester City trainee Emyr Huws will be out for the rest of the season following surgery on a knee injury suffered in the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at the weekend.
The Welsh international had just returned from an Achilles problem that had ruled him out for the majority of the first half of the campaign, but will now be sidelined until at least the end of the season following a cartilage tear.
The 24-year-old joined the Tractor Boys on a permanent deal in the summer following an impressive loan spell last season, but will be unavailable to manager Mick McCarthy for the foreseeable future.
The news will come as a devastating blow to all involved with the Suffolk-based side, who harbour hopes of a playoff appearance this season.
Midfielder Huws took to Twitter to declare his disappointment at the news, with fans quick to comfort the young star in his time of need – and not from just Ipswich…
Gutted for you & hope it is a quick recovery. We will just have to see you in the Premier League in 2018 ???? #itfc
— Elder Grizzly (@ElderGrizzly) December 14, 2017
Huge loss, but no doubt you'll come back all the stronger. Chin up big man! You're a popular lad with us fans ????⚪????⚪
— Kieran (@_KieranBleaz) December 14, 2017
Between yourself and Andre Dozzell, Town fans are going to be giving out some big ovations next year. Get well soon, Emyr.
— David Pascoe (@greasepaintpeel) December 14, 2017
As you said this things happen and i'm sure you gave the 100% in your trainings and games this season…. So i'm sure you will give your 110% to back stronger!! We are behind you too!! COYBS!! ????????⚽
— José ITFC (@suffolk_lover) December 14, 2017
A real shame. Not long returned from injury. A real inspiration on the pitch. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. ????#itfc
— Mary McCourt (@mjcben148) December 14, 2017
— Sean Taylor (@town4life) December 15, 2017
Devastating blow, horrible to see any player get such a bad injury. Hope you recover quickly. From an ncfc fan.
— PU (@TheUsh) December 15, 2017
So gutted for you! The team will miss the magic you bring to midfield ????#midfieldboss! ????⚽️????ITFC
— Karen B (@kazlb61) December 15, 2017