Arsenal forward Stephy Mavididi was in tears after scan results showed that he would be on the sidelines for four months as he would need surgery for a hamstring injury.
The 18-year-old is currently on loan at League One outfit Charlton Athletic and he has been one of their stand-out performers at The Valley since signing for the club in the January transfer window.
Mavididi has not scored a good yet for the Addicks but he burst onto the scene last month when a clip emerged of him taking on several Rochdale players to run the length of the field.
However, the forward’s campaign has been cut short after he tore his hamstring against Shrewsbury Town and Charlton manager Karl Robinson has revealed that the highly-rated youngster was deeply hurt after receiving the scan results.
“It’s going to be 14-16 weeks,” Robinson confirmed.
“Hopefully he’ll have an operation by the end of the week, it’s come away from the bone we think. The kid was in tears this morning on the phone to me. The overriding emotion from that was sickening. The kid’s been tremendous for us.
“We wish Stephy the quickest recovery possible. He’s a credit to his family, [and] a credit to Arsenal FC.
“I’d hope to have him back next year but that’s in the hands of Arsenal.
“I spoke to Ian Wright today and he gave him a phone-call for me to try and gee him up and talk about the injuries he’s had.
“We’ll do everything possible we can emotionally to support him and get him back on his feet. He’s a tremendous kid and a tremendous talent – it’s a real sickener to all of us.”
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)