Hibernians youngster Jurgen Degabriele is set to miss the rest of the 2018/19 season after injuring his cruciate ligaments last Saturday against FC St Andrews at the Centenary Stadium, Ta ‘Qali.

The 22-year-old has been capped twice by the Maltese national team and has five goals to his name in the Premier League this season.

Degabriele is set to travel to Rome, Italy within the next two weeks to receive specialist treatment. As well as being ruled out the remainder of the current season, the forward is likely to miss part of the 2019/20 campaign.

Jurgen Degabriele has been ruled out for the rest of the season. (Picture by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport)

The forward spoke exclusively to MalteseFootball thanking supporters for their kind messages during this difficult time: “Publicly I thank every supporter and player that has sent me messages regarding the injury.

“There are no words to describe the feeling I have after all the kindness shown towards me, this has obviously given me more courage to fight the situation.

“Last but not least, I thank my close friends and family for their sacrifice over the last three days and I promise them I will give all the love back.

“I still have to get through the surgery, for sure it’s not only about getting physically fit again but even mentally I still have to accept the thing that I will not be able to play the game that I love for the next months.”

Degabriele continued by speaking about looking forward to his recovery: “After the surgery I will take everything step by step with the help of the physios and all my teammates to come back stronger.

“It’s too early to say when I will be back but my target is to start the next season from the beginning but as I said it’s too early to say.

“My have club supported me from the minute I got injured and I thank all the committee and the President for their continued support.”

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