Winger Victor Moses has suffered an Achilles tendon injury and has been ruled out for six months.
Moses picked up the injury in Spartak Moscow’s 2-0 win against Ural on Saturday in Matchday four of the Russian Premier League.
Spartak Moscow in an official statement said the player’s injury state and extent was confirmed after medical examinations were conducted.
“The Nigerian has been diagnosed with an Achilles tendon injury. The player will have to undergo surgery,” the club said in a statement on Monday.
“It will take about six months to recover from the injury. We wish Viktor a speedy return to the field!”
Moses was all by himself on the pitch before hitting the turf on Saturday and was taken off just after the half hour mark. Subsequently, he left the stadium in crutches.
The 31-year-old is now expected to stay out of football action for the next six months at the completion of his surgery.
A huge set-back to a promising time in Russia
Moses had shot to the new season in a rich vein of form, scoring and assisting for the Russian Cup champions. He had arrived preseason late as result of personal issues and was last week hailed as the best wing forward in the league by the club’s chief.
Victor Moses has been enjoying life in Russia and played a huge role in the side's success last campaign.
The Crystal Palace academy product initially joined Spartak Moscow on loan in October 2020 and the following season he was signed on a permanent basis from Chelsea.
Moses won the 2021-22 Russian Cup with his club on 29 May in a 2-1 Old Russian Derby victory over Dynamo Moscow and has a deal with the side until 2024.
Moses has so far, scored two goals and recorded two assists in four league appearances for his club this season.
Spartak win third game of the season
Moses started this game with Spartak when they travelled to Yekaterinburg on Saturday – his fourth game of the new season.
Dutch international Quincy Promes scored Spartak's first before Moses was stretched off the pitch due to injury in the 33rd minute. Just minutes before the break, Aleksandr Sobolev added a second to make it 2-0 for the visitors.
Spartak, who are currently top of the Russian Premier League with ten points and are chasing a first league title since 2017, will have to do it without talisman Moses for the rest of the year
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