RSC Anderlecht's Belgian Under-21 international midfield player Junior will miss the rest of the season after tearing ligaments in his left knee during training.
Further examinations are needed to assess the full extent of the injury to the Congo-born player, but coach Hogo Broos and his staff fear that he may also miss the start of next season. "I am sure that I need an operation," Junior said. "I am so sad. Last season I was out for six months because of an operation on my right knee and now this. It hurts a lot. I just want this to be over."
"This makes me really sick," said Franky Vercauteren, Anderlecht's assistant coach. "He was unlucky enough last season." Junior was due to attend a meeting in the next few days to discuss an extension to his current contract, which runs out at the end of next season.
Hasi to step up
The 31-year-old Albanian international Besnik Hasi is expected to take Junior's place in the Anderlecht team if he returns from international duty intact. Anderlecht are second in the Belgian First Division - the lowest position they can finish and still qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.
Meanwhile, Anderlecht general manager Michel Verschueren has announced that he will stand down from his position at the end of the year. The 72-year-old has been with the club since 1980. "We still have nine months," he said. "If everything goes well I will say goodbye on 31 December. What I will do afterwards I do not know yet. Maybe I will stay at Anderlecht in another position. Who knows?"
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