Liverpool striker Danny Ings has admitted that a return to action this season looks unlikely, but pledges to come back strong.
Ings was just coming into form before he picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury during a Liverpool training session.
The former Burnley player scored in three of his first eight games for the Reds and was on course to make an important contribution in his maiden season at Anfield.
Ings, who made his England debut just a few days earlier, was given an initial six-month prognosis, but that now looks a bit hopeful.
And the 23-year-old admits it is likely he won’t play for Jurgen Klopp’s team again this season.
"When I got the injury I said straight away I will play again before the season finishes," the striker told NBC Sports.
"But I think with the advice I've had of the surgeons and physios, I know they won't risk me and I don't want to risk it myself.
"This is all about the highs and lows of football. I was at the happiest point of my career and then, at the time of the injury, I felt like I was at my lowest point.
"I just felt like I got my foot in the door.
"I was becoming established here at Liverpool, playing games and scoring goals, keeping my place in the team and had made my debut for England, then somebody took that all away from me.
"It is absolutely gutting because football has been my life. If I can't do what I love doing then, it is like someone having their kids taken away from them.
"That is how I felt. I know that I am going to come back extremely strong."