Brighton & Hove Albion winger Solly March has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, after an MRI scan confirmed a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
The England under-21 star was carried off in Saturday's game at Derby County, and now faces a lengthy spell of rehabilitation to be ready for the 2016/17 campaign.
Manager Chris Hughton said, "It's a huge blow for us; Solly has been in exceptional form in recent weeks, was catching the eye with some superb performances and we felt he was getting better with every game he played.
"One positive for Solly, with the advances in that area of sports medicine, is that he will come back from this injury as strong and fit as he has been - if not stronger."
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March had made 17 appearances this season, netting three pivotal goals against Leeds United, MK Dons and Birmingham. He also featured for England under-21s in their win over Switzerland at the Amex.
He will undergo surgery later this week, followed by a period of rest, before beginning his rehabilitation in the New Year.
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