Vanuatu midfielder Bong Kalo will miss the group stage of the Oceania Champions League, according to Port Vila VS President Steven Felix.
He confirmed Kalo, who is on loan at Vanuatu champions Nalkutan for the tournament, suffered an injury in the UNELCO Cup and is likely to miss the group stage of the tournament.
The news will be a huge blow to Nalkutan, whose signing of Kalo was a major coup in the run up to the tournament.
Kalo has returned to Vanuatu after securing a trial in Europe with Spanish La Liga side Leganes. He then moved to Switzerland where he is playing with Ascona FC. He is likely to return to Europe after he has recovered from injury.
He made headlines last year with his performances in the u20 World Cup, when he scored twice in a narrow 3-2 defeat to Germany. His second, a stunning free kick, was one of the highlights of the tournament and introduced the youngster to the world stage.
Nalkutan kick off their Oceania Champions League campaign on 10 February against Ba FC of Fiji. They will then play qualifying winners Tupapa Maraerenga of Cook Islands followed by Papua New Guinea champions Lae City Dwellers.
The Vanuatu side has home advantage and will be one of the favourites to finish in the top two positions and secure a quarter final berth. If they do qualify Bong Kalo may be fit to return at a later date.