Bernie Ibini has suffered a suspected broken leg in a nightmare start to his career at Belgium outfit, Club Brugge.
The Socceroo speedster is understood to have fractured his fibula during a routine pre-season training match which left him on the ground in agony.
According to reports on the Brugge website, the 22-year-old was rushed to hospital where he underwent scans.
"I had started with great enthusiasm to my new adventure in Europe," Ibini told the club’s site.
"The integration went remarkably smoothly. It was too good to be true, but I have a lot of courage to return quickly."
The fomer Sydney FC winger was in scintillating form last season and a major factor in the Sky Blue's title-chase.
His current club is now awaiting the final results of the scans later on Tuesday (AEST).
The injury is a bitter blow for Ibini, who would have been hoping to impress coach Michel Preud'homme as he aims to cement a spot in the first team before the new season.
"It is very annoying for the boy and especially a line through the bill,” the coach said.
"Football is still a contact sport and you can (still suffer) such an serious injury."
Ibini signed a three-year deal with the club last month, linking up with goalkeeper and close friend Mat Ryan.comments