Super Eagles and Cardiff City defender Jamilu Collins is out for the season in a devastating blow to the Bluebirds.
Cardiff City manager Steve Morison confirmed that Collins ruptured his ACL during Wednesday’s Skybey Championships game against West Brom at the Hawthorns and will require surgery – an injury which will keep the first-choice left-back out for the rest of the campaign.
“We won’t see him again until next season,” Morison said of the Nigeria international. “It’s gutting for the lad. Really gutting. We are all here for him. We are going to make the next year the best it can possibly be for him.
“It’s the worst-case scenario. We will try and get him back for pre-season next year. One thing we do know is we will have one hell of a left-back next season.”
He added: “On a plus-point for him, his family has just moved over and he has his family with him now. The lads will get behind him, he will be around. I’m sure you’ll see his smiling face around the place. We have something else to fight for now.
“He is a great kid, he comes in with a smile on his face every day. He loved working every day with us and we loved working with him. He is someone you want around. He is infectious. As soon as he has his operation and he’s a bit more mobile he will be around the lads.”
The manager on Wednesday branded Collins the best left-back in the league and, on his performances so far, there is certainly merit in that.