He won’t be doing it on a rainy Wednesday night in Stoke again this season. In fact, he won’t be doing it on any night again this season.
Bojan Krkic, the Spanish forward who had only just started adjusting to the pace of the English game, is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in a win over Rochdale in the FA Cup on Monday. The club announced the diagnosis on Tuesday.
The real tragedy of the injury is that it occurs just as Krkic was rounding into form for the Potters, evidenced by this fantastic opening goal he scored in the fourth minute of yesterday’s game:
He would suffer his injury on challenge for the ball just 28 minutes later. But on the plus side, as far as “last goals of the season” go, that’s not half bad.
A product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, Krkic developed a reputation as one of the best young talents in soccer after debuting with the Barcelona first team at the age of 17. He subsequently bounced between AS Roma, A.C. Milan and Ajax before landing with Stoke City in a coup for the EPL side.
However, Krkic was a little slow to adapt to the English game, but hand rounded into form recently with a goal against Leicester City on January 17th and that great strike vs. Rochdale yesterday.
The Potters would eventually go on to win 4-1 at Rochdale and will move on to the next round, but the loss of Krkic could loom over their attempts to move on in the FA Cup and improve their standing in the EPL.