English club Cardiff City have been devastated as Super Eagles left-back Jamilu Collins has been ruled out for the rest of the Sky Bet Championship season.
The Nigeria international quits Bundesliga 2 outfit SC Paderborn after six years spell at Home Deluxe Arena for Bluebird on a free transfer on 20 May 2022.
Collins started all three of Cardiff City’s games but suffered an anterior cruciate ligament the 9th minute into Wednesday’s goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Cardiff boss Steve Morison has been dealt a huge blow with Super Eagles defender ruled out for the rest of the season as Collins is one of the best left-backs in the Championship.
“We won’t see him again until next season,” Morison said of the Nigeria international via Walesonline.
“It’s gutting for the lad. Really gutting. We are all here for him. We are going to make the next year the best it can possibly be for him.
“It’s the worst-case scenario. We will try and get him back for pre-season next year. One thing we do know is we will have one hell of a left-back next season.”
He added: “On a plus-point for him, his family has just moved over and he has his family with him now. The lads will get behind him, he will be around. I’m sure you’ll see his smiling face around the place. We have something else to fight for now.
“He is a great kid, he comes in with a smile on his face every day. He loved working every day with us and we loved working with him. He is someone you want around. He is infectious. As soon as he has his operation and he’s a bit more mobile he will be around the lads.”
Collins has played four matches this season for Cardiff City and picked up the man-of-the-match award on his debut in the 1-0 home win over Norwich City on July 30.