Golgol Mebrahtu’s dream of regular first team football with the Western Sydney Wanderers has been shattered with confirmation the attacking livewire will require a full knee reconstruction.
The 23-year-old was diagnosed with medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries which will sideline him for the rest of the A-League season.
Mebrahtu, who joined the reigning premiers from Melbourne Heart, was forced off the pitch during the Sydney derby, only minutes into his Wanderers debut.
But despite the set-back he is confident of returning stronger than ever.
“Injuries are not a pleasant thing and I’m extremely disappointed that it’s happened,” Mebrahtu said.
“Now I’m just looking ahead and planning on coming back bigger and stronger than I was before and doing everything I can to make that happen.”
The Sudanese-born striker gambled on a move to Sydney to kick start his career after making just 12 appearances for Heart this season – and none under replacement coach John van 't Schip.
With a strong support network around him and a positive outlook, Mebrahtu says he has the mental strength needed to bounce back.
“I’ve got my family, friends, my teammates and all the staff at the club supporting me, which keeps me in a good frame of mind," he said.
"I’ll continue to go in a forward direction so I can be back as soon as possible."
Mebrahtu said his ultimate goal of returning to the pitch would provide the drive needed get through the tough times ahead.
“I’m not one for dwelling on the past,” he added.
“What’s happened has happened so now I’m just looking ahead. I can’t wait to get back and play in front of our fans again and I wish the team all the success for this season.”