Published: 11:00, 17 May 2014 |
Updated: 13:27, 17 May 2014
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.
@MikeThalassitis u will come back fitter and stronger than ever pal!— Joe Howe (@Howe88) May 17, 2014
@MikeThalassitis stay strong. Keep your head. Be positive.— Preston Edwards (@Preston_Eddy) May 17, 2014
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.
Absolutely gutted for my boy @MikeThalassitis keep your head up and you'll come back stronger, you've got too much ability not to! ??— Dean Rance (@DeanoRance) May 17, 2014
gutted to hear my boy @MikeThalassitis has done he's ACL! Keep ya head up mate, I'm sure Url come back stronger! ??????— Billy Bricknell (@BillyBricknell9) May 17, 2014
Disappointing news about @MikeThalassitis scan results. Just a small set back, will come back even better and even stronger no doubt— Stacy Long (@slongd) May 17, 2014
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