Ipswich Town striker and former West Ham United man Freddie Sears has been ruled out for a minimum of nine months with a cruciate ligament injury, per Sky Sports, and Irons fans have been quick to react to the news on Twitter.
The forward has scored six goals and provided five assists in 23 Championship matches thus far this season.
Sears sustained the injury during Ipswich’s 3-0 derby loss to Norwich City and was substituted off after a tackle from Tom Trybull at the weekend.
The news is a major blow to the Tractor Boys, who are rock-bottom of the Championship table.
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Sears began his career at West Ham United – scoring an incredible winner in a 2-1 triumph against Blackburn Rovers on March 15, 2008 having come off of the substitutes’ bench to make his senior debut for the club -although he would only find the net for them on two more occasions in another 57 outings in all competitions.
He took in loan spells at Crystal Palace, Coventry City, Scunthorpe United and Colchester United before securing a permanent move to the latter.
The striker spent three years there prior to his move to Ipswich but he retains a place in Hammers’ fans hearts, who have expressed their disappointment at his latest injury blow.
Give them Andy Carroll.
— Fabian WHUFC ?? (@WHUFC_USA_2008) February 11, 2019
Get well soon Freddie. #westhamfamily
— ⚒Adrian Smith⚒ (@adiesmith64) February 11, 2019
We should loan Andy Carroll or Perez down to Ipswich. ?⚒️ We all know he won’t be getting the match time with us. ?
— SmokeyJones (@Gingerbr3d) February 11, 2019
That’s awful news. Greatest debut in West Ham history, surely? Was there for that. Wishing him all the best.
— Royston (@Voodoo_Roy) February 11, 2019
Awful news lovely fella and always plays with passion and a smile, get well soon Freddie.
— Dazza (@dazza7370) February 11, 2019
Gutted for the lad never quite made the top tier
, speedy recovery Freddie
— Tiddy (@NeilTidd1969) February 12, 2019
Really feel for him. Good luck with the recovery Freddie.
— Ian Deakin ⚒ ?️? ⚽️ (@IanDeakin16) February 11, 2019
Gutted for Freddie ?
— Richard Hemstedt (@HammerHemel) February 12, 2019