Fulham youngster Buomesca Tue Na Banga has been dealt a massive blow after he was ruled out for at least six months with a cruciate ligament injury.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene during pre-season and boss Martin Jol had hoped the former Chelsea winger could force his way into his first-team plans at Craven Cottage.

However, Mesca, who has been troubled by knee problems in the past, has been rocked by the news that he will be sidelined until March at the earliest.

Jol confirmed: “He has a big injury, a cruciate ligament problem, so he will be out for six months.”