Striker Bojan Krkic of English Premier League side Stoke City will miss the remainder of the 2014/15 season due to a serious knee injury. Krkic of Spain suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during his team’s 4-1 away win over Rochdale in the fourth round of the English FA Cup on Monday, January 26th. The 24-year-old scored the game’s opening goal though before he sustained the injury. The club sent him for medical scans following the match and they revealed that he had torn the ACL and will need to undergo surgery to repair the problem.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes was dejected after hearing the diagnosis of one of his side’s top players and told the media, “It’s bitterly disappointing for the club but even more so for Bojan Krkic himself as he was making such a big impact on the Premier League and clearly enjoying his football. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

Krkic joined Stoke prior to the season after he left Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona. He has adapted very quickly to the Premier League as he has scored five times in 18 appearances with Stoke so far this season. All five of his markers have come in his last 12 games and he had two in his last two contests before suffering the injury. Stoke, was sitting in 10th place in the Premier League at the time of Krkic’s injury with 29 points after 22 matches. They had eight wins, five draws and nine losses with 23 goals scored and 27 allowed.

With 16 games to go in the season it would appear that Stoke should stay up this season since the club is 10 points above the relegation zone. As long as they don’t suffer a total collapse from here on in they should be safe, but they’ll certainly miss Krkic’s scoring touch.