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Crofts ruled out for season
12 Jan, 2014 6:49 PM GMT
Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Andrew Crofts will not play again this season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.
Crofts ruptured his cruciate ligament during Brighton's 1-0 win over Birmingham City on Saturday, with the club confirming on Sunday that he would undergo knee surgery.
The 29-year-old midfielder, who is in his second spell at Brighton after signing from Norwich City in 2012, will miss the next six months with the problem.
"I am very sorry for Crofty, he has been excellent this season and a key player," Brighton manager Oscar Garcia told the club's official website.
"He wanted to play a big part in our season after missing so much of the last campaign through injury.
"Of course, he has already done that, with his performances and the key goals he has scored, and he will be a big loss - but we have a good squad with strength in depth to deal with this type of situation.
"On behalf of all at the club I would like to wish him a speedy recovery."
The Wales international has made 24 appearances for Brighton this season, scoring six goals.