Olympique Lyonnais star and Dutch striker Memphis Depay suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during Ligue 1 loss to Rennes, making it a huge injury blow to both club and national team as he is set to miss the remainder of the season and likely a major doubt for the Euro 2020 finals that start on June 12.
In a statement, Lyon said that Depay along with France U-21 midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide are “likely to be unavailable for at least six months” following the injury in a first half clash with Hamari Traore.
“Olympique Lyonnais deplores the serious injuries sustained by Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adélaïde due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in their left knee and right knee respectively during the OL-Rennes match in the 18th round of Ligue 1,” statement posted on the official website of Lyon.
The 25-year-old striker scored 8 times in his last 8 matches in all competitions for Lyon, including the goal that took them to the last 16 of the Champions League. Martin Terrier replaced Depay after 46 minutes, when the match was still scoreless.
“We expect Memphis’ injury to be quite serious. We expect it to keep him out for the rest of the season,” said Lyon’s sporting director Juninho addressing Depay’s injury after the match. “We expect it to keep him out for the rest of the season. He’s our captain and I’m sad for him,” he said.
On the other hand, Depay had 2 goals and 2 assists in Nations League and has been a key player for the in-form Dutch team, scoring 8 goals and making 8 assists for their first major tournament since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup.
He scored 6 goals and set up another 7 in Euro 2020 qualifying. It’s also big lost for the Netherlands as they will enter the next summer’s tournament without their best and most versatile forward.
“I’m not happy with the results or the performances,” Lyon manager Rudi Garcia said after the game. “The evening is made worse by the fact that we lost Reine-Adelaide and Depay to injury.”
Lyon’s struggle in the French top flight continued and their recovery might take a while with this major injury blow. Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman is yet to give his statement about the injury.