Southampton have today confirmed that youngster Ryan Seager will return home from his loan deal at Crewe early.
After getting injured in their 2-2 league draw with Rochdale on Tuesday, he is set for a lengthy spell on the side-lines with an anterior cruciate ligament problem.
Short time at club
Seager only joined the League One outfit at the end of January, and he was only able to make four appearances in that time.
Although the deal was only originally set to be a month, this is a real setback in Seager's development as a player. He did notch up his first professional goal in the same game, but it was marred as he was stretchered off just minutes later.
Recovery starts now
The 20-year-old has now arrived back at the club where he will begin his long road to recovery at the club's Staplewood training ground.
The extent of the injury is a serious anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. It is an injury which isn't anything new for the club as it’s the same type of injury which first-team players Fraser Forster and Jay Rodriguez have been victim of late.
Seager is definitely out for the season, but it is widely expected that he will be about for until at least the New Year of next year which is a real blow for both the player himself and, of course, the club.
Injury comes at bad time
There is never a good time for any induvial to get an injury, but the timing of the injury is bad as he was just getting going for Crewe and he had also made a number of appearances on the bench for Ronald Koeman's side prior to the loan.
It is a major disappointment for the youngster, who had a fabulous season with the Saints U21's last season as he scored over 20 goals in all competitions, whilst also making his first-team debut in the FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace.