Really unfortunate for him. After getting our hopes up a while back with his 'strengthening period' when they really seemed to try and nurture him back, looks like this is going to be the way of it for the remainder of the time he has left in the game.
Reading that they think it might not be serious problem ! Which made me wonder if he felt a tweak and decided to pack it in? Which is always brought up as part of his problem - not only getting injured - but not being able to play thro what might not be very serious.
Either way, can't see him in a red shirt again. And to be clinical about it, we should really have sold him in summer gone, after he had a half decent end to last season. Hard to think of any other player who is/was more fragile.
Just looked at his appearances per season. As far as I can see, out of 14 premier league seasons, he played less than 15 times in 10 of those seasons !!! Unreal. If we're being run by moneyballers, you'd think he'd have been shipped out well before now...