Injury sours Sainsbury's Dutch debut

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Trent Sainsbury’s jubilation over a debut win in the Dutch topflight has been short-lived after suffering a freak accident that will sideline him for up to a month.

The former Central Coast Mariners defender was forced from the field on 72 minutes when he fell on a water sprinkler in PEC Zwolle’s 2-1 come from behind win over FC Utrecht.

Soon after the 22-year-old tweeted his delight in the game's result which saw him pitted against fellow Aussies Adam Sarota and Tommy Oar.

“First game and 3pts :) Once nerves settled I started to relax n enjoy it. Knee is sore, hopefully given all clear tomorrow #feelingthelove," he tweeted.

Sainsbury signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Zwolle but on Saturday the news wasn’t as positive as the rising star again took to social media to reveal the extent of his injury.

“Out for up to 3/4 weeks. Fracture in knee cap from landing on sprinkler during match vs Utrecht! S#%t happens.”

The Socceroo hopeful, considered a potential bolter for the World Cup in Brazil, adds his name to Australia’s worrying injury list with Robbie Kruse and Rhys Williams expected to miss football’s showpiece event.