Claude Bakadal, the R. Excelsior Mouscron striker, will miss the remainder of the Belgian first division season after undergoing knee surgery.
The news is a setback for the club as they attempt to protect a 3-0 first-leg lead in Wednesday night’s Belgian Cup semi-final second leg away to K. Sint Truidense VV. Mouscron are seventh in the league.
Cruciate ligament damage
The 24-year-old Bakadal only recently made his way back into the first team after a stomach operation but has now suffered cruciate ligament damage. The Frenchman, who signed from Grenoble Foot 38 in 1999, will be out for at least four months.