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Stevenage striker Michael Thalassitis suffers knee ligament damage in last game of his loan spell at Ebbsfleet United

By Steve Tervet
Michael Thalassitis takes on the Dorchester defence at Stonebridge Road Picture: Andy Payton

On-loan Ebbsfleet striker Michael Thalassitis faces nine months on the sidelines after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the Skrill South play-off final.

Thalassitis has just completed a season-long loan with the Fleet and was due to return to his parent club Stevenage at the end of the month.

Stevenage have been relegated back to League 2 and Ebbsfleet boss Steve Brown said last week that he thought Thalassitis could be part of their first-team plans in 2014/15.

But the Cyprus under-21 international has since been released by the Hertfordshire club.

He suffered the injury in the dying seconds of the play-off final against Dover, which the Fleet lost 1-0. Thalassitis had come on as a 64th-minute substitute for Billy Bricknell but he was forced off in stoppage-time.

The 21-year-old was in London on Friday for a scan and the results brought bad news, which he posted on Twitter on Saturday morning.

Thalassitis said: "Gutted with the news today. Done my ACL in the last minute of the play off final. Gonna be a long 9 months out."

He made 43 appearances for Ebbsfleet last season, 20 from the bench, and scored 11 goals. Thalassitis was named Skrill South player-of-the-month for November, when he scored four goals.

His team-mates were quick to show their support for the centre-forward.

Michael West suffered the same injury in March, having only rejoined Ebbsfleet from Crewe Alexandra in January. He will miss the start of next season.

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