Corey Gameiro has suffered an agonising second ACL injury in as many years, ending his A-League season.
The Melbourne City winger took a knock to his left knee during his side's record 5-1 win over Perth Glory on Friday night.
He was able to limp from the field, raising hopes the 22-year-old would avoid the same injury he suffered while at Sydney FC last year.
Unfortunately for Gameiro, scans on Saturday morning confirmed a rupture.
He requires surgery that will rule him out until the 2015-16 season.
Gameiro posted the news on Twitter, saying he was "devastated and torn to bits".
"Football can be cruel sometimes," he said.
"I had a horrible year last year and worked so hard physically and mentally to get back on the pitch, only to have it taken away from me so quickly.
"I know I'll be back better and stronger again, I've done it once and I will do it again."
Gameiro's injury came in just his second start back from an 11-month lay-off and is a huge blow to City's A-League aspirations.
John van 't Schip will not be able to field his best attacking line-up - of Bruno Fornaroli, Harry Novillo and Gameiro - again this season.
The Dutchman said he was deeply saddened by the injury.
"Corey is no doubt devastated with the news and our thoughts are with him during this difficult period," he said.
Gameiro was flooded with well-wishers after tweeting the news.
Support came across the football community, including current and past team-mates.
"We are all with you bro. You are one of the strongest guys I know and you'll be back soon," Erik Paartalu tweeted.