Scotland Premiership

Depay knee injury a serious blow to player, club and country

PARIS (AP) Just as his career was taking off again, Memphis Depay faces a struggle to be fit for next year’s European Championship after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing for Lyon on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Dutchman did so much to get Lyon into the round of 16 of the Champions League. But instead of relishing the next opponent to potentially score against when the draw is held Monday, Depay will be bracing himself for months on the sidelines.

Depay and midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide could miss the rest of the season. In a bizarre coincidence, the teammates sustained the same kind of injury in the same half of Sunday's 1-0 home loss to Rennes.