Juventus defender Merih Demiral is out of action for the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament with meniscus damage.
The horrible injury is a massive blow for the Turkish international who was a transfer target for Leicester, Arsenal and Manchester City.
The 21-year-old sustained the damage when landing following a jump for a header in Juventus’ 2-1 win over Roma on Sunday night.
Tests at the J-Medical centre on Monday morning confirmed the extent of the injury which typically keeps players sidelined for around six months.
Demiral had recently shot to prominence under Maurizio Sarri after pushing Matthijs de Ligt out of the team.
De Ligt has also suffered from a dislocated shoulder but the absence of Demiral could offer him a lifeline and way back into the team.
The Dutchman had even been linked with a move back to Ajax, the club from which he joined to much fanfare and expectation in the summer.
And the news of Demiral’s injury may be spun into a positive if he can recapture his form of last season in Turin.
Demiral meanwhile will be cursing his bad luck and is highly likely to miss Euro 2020 with Turkey in the summer.