St Etienne starlet Kurt Zouma will not play again until 2014 after being handed a 10-match ban.
Zouma was shown a red card for his sliding challenge on Thomas Guerbert earlier this month, which resulted in a double leg break for the Sochaux midfielder.
The French league's disciplinary committee then ruled on the incident and handed out a ban which will run into the New Year, and now reports claim Zouma could have played his last game in France.
A host of Premier League clubs have been tracking Zouma, who is being strongly tipped to move in January.
"It was an unintentional accident," said Zouma.
"I went to tackle the ball but unfortunately, carried along by my own momentum, I injured Thomas Guerbert.
"I met him in the changing room. I have been shocked. I apologised to him, his family and everyone. I hope he will come back soon."
Guerbert added: "He came to see me in the changing room to apologise when I was with doctors and my family.
"I was reminded of this after the surgery. I told him that I was not angry, but that his tackle was unnecessary."
Asked about the ban, he said: "I will not comment on the decision."
St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has already confirmed that club would not be appealing.