Torquay winger Billy Bodin out for nine months with knee injury

Torquay's Wales Under-21 international winger Billy Bodin is set to be out for up to nine months after suffering knee ligament damage.

The 22-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, limped off in the 1-0 defeat by Dagenham and Redbridge.

Bodin joined the Gulls from Swindon in the summer of 2012 for a fee in the region of £70,000 after a loan spell.

But he scored only six goals in 73 appearances during that time, having found the net five times while on loan.

Billy Bodin factfile

Billy Bodin
  • Son of former Wales international Paul Bodin.
  • Scored five goals in 19 games while on loan at Torquay in 2011.
  • Joined Torquay for around £70,000 in the summer of 2012, scoring six goals in 73 games.

"He had prepared for the worst because there was an issue with it a week or so ago, but he thought that he may get away with it," Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves told BBC Sport.

"But it's not like when I was his age, an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] would have finished your career, nowadays 99% of players return and are fully fit from it.

"I'm sure that'll be the case with Bill as he's a very fit young lad."

Bodin is a free agent in the summer and Hargreaves says the Gulls must discuss his future, even though it could be 2015 before he plays again.

"We have a duty of care to get him fit. Over and above that then we need to have a think about it with Billy and his dad Paul and make a decision about that.

"He's under 24 so he can go on a Bosman which would be a loss to the club because we paid money for him.

"But our short-term thoughts are 'lets just get him fit for him and his career' because it's a bad injury for anybody.

"At the moment we just want to get his operation done and start his rehab."