Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira’s season is over – and perhaps his Liverpool career, too – after the playmaker broke his leg playing for Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night, and faces a lengthy time on the sidelines.
The 22-year-old was stretchered off late on during the Seagulls’ 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town, and scans later revealed just how serious the injury was, exposing a break above the right ankle.
The Portuguese youngster was nearing the end of his season-long loan at the Falmer Stadium with just three more games to go until the end of the Championship campaign.
It is devastating news for the youngster who was hoping to return to Liverpool for pre-season with a chance of breaking into Brendan Rodgers’ first-team for the 2015/16 season – but he has now sadly returned to the club for treatment.
The midfielder impressed during his loan stint – netting six times in 32 appearances for the Championship outfit.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton expressed his compassion over Teixeria’s injury, saying, “Our thoughts are with Joao, as this is a real blow to him after such a good season for the club,” as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“We all wish him a speedy recovery and return to action.
“He’s been an important player for the club this season, both before and after I came to the club, and I would like to thank him for his efforts during his time on loan here, and also Liverpool for allowing him to come.”