Manchester City have been hit with the news that young midfielder Michael Johnson is to be out for up to a year after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in training.
The England under 21 international missed the whole of last season due to an abdominal problem and was just returning to full fitness.
“His season is over. It’s really disappointing news for him and for the club but he will receive the best possible care and attention,” said manager Mark Hughes
“Michael has worked so hard to get back into first team contention and shown everyone what a good player he is.
Johnson returned to first team action against West Ham earlier this season and scored an excellent goal in the recent League Cup win over Scunthorpe United.
“It was an innocuous situation, his foot just got caught in the turf,” Hughes added.
“These things happen but there is significant damage. Michael had worked hard to get back to a level where I was considering him for games.
“He was very much in my thoughts with Christmas coming up. It is going to be a difficult time for him but he has shown in the past real strength of character.
“That will sustain him and he will have an operation on [December] 21 on his cruciate ligament.”