El Hamdaoui faces season ko

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Willem II have been dealt a huge blow with the news that in-form striker Mounir el Hamdaoui has been ruled out for six to eight months after tearing his cruciate ligament.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker picked up the serious injury 15 minutes into Wednesday night's cup tie with Flevo Boys as he heard a cracking noise whilst falling to ground after a challenge.

After undergoing an exploratory operation it has been confirmed that el Hamdaoui suffered the tear as well as also having treatment on a damaged meniscus.

The Dutch youngster could now miss the majority of the season, with the devastating injury coming at a terrible time for the former Excelsior starlet.

After spending much of his time at White Hart Lane in the reserves, el Hamdaoui had hit three goals in four Eredivisie games this season before suffering the serious injury.