The Bolton Wanderers midfielder Lee Chung-yong will be out for a minimum of nine months after breaking a leg in a pre-season friendly at Newport.
The 23-year-old South Korean underwent a successful operation after sustaining a double fracture of his lower right leg during Wanderers' 3-1 win in south Wales on Saturday. He was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half after a rash challenge from Tom Miller.
The club posted a statement on their website on Saturday evening confirming he was recovering in hospital and was expected to be sidelined for the bulk of the 2011-12 campaign.
Lee joined Bolton from FC Seoul in summer 2009 and has been a consistent performer over the past two years.
Owen Coyle, the Bolton manager, said: "We will make sure Chung-yong gets all the support he needs, as now it is all about his recovery and wellbeing. That is the most important thing. The operation went well and we would like to pass on our thanks to the medical staff involved."
This is so horrible. Poor poor guy. It annoys me so much that it was in a friendly. Calm your self when you play in a friendly ffs. There is a video of this on youtube but I recommend you not to watch it.