Huddersfield's teenage defender Tom Clarke has suffered a cruel blow after learning he is likely miss the rest of the season due to a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Clarke sustained the serious injury in last weekend's League One game against Carlisle and is now expected to be out for seven months with the problem.
The 18-year-old had started six games for The Terriers so far this season and manager Peter Jackson has described the injury as a 'big loss' for the Yorkshire outfit.
"I'm devastated for Tom. It is a big loss to the team, as Tom is an extremely versatile player," Jackson told the club's official website.
"It is important for Tom that he looks forward and concentrates on getting fit and coming back strong next pre-season."
Club physio Lee Martin also highlighted the seriousness of the injury which also struck England striker Michael Owen during the World Cup.
"The cruciate knee ligaments are the last thing you want to injure if you are a footballer," said Martin.
"Michael Owen has the same injury at the moment, and, as you see with him, it's definitely six or seven months out, regardless of who you are and how quickly you normally heal."