PARIS, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Nice met much trouble in their contest for Ligue 1 champions on Saturday as midfielder Wylan Cyprien was tested to suffer a ruptured anterior crucial ligament, forcing him to miss out the rest of the season.
"OGC Nice are sure that he will face up to this test with strength and a motivation to come back stronger than before," the club said in a statement on their official website.
With a 2-2 draw against Caen at home on Friday, Nice went one point ahead of the defending champions Paris Saint-Germain on the second position, two points adrift leaders Monaco.
However, Cyprien landed badly when challenging a header in the 56th minute. Images showed that his knee suffered a twist at that moment.
A test on Saturday morning confirmed that the 22-year-old midfielder suffered a ruptured anterior crucial ligament, and were unavailable for the remainder of the season.
Cyprien made 29 appearances in the league this season, including 27 starts, finishing 8 goals and 3 assists for the southern coast side.
Nice already lost their top scorer Alassane Plea, who had 11 goals so far, due to a knee injury. Cyprien's absence would cast more uncertainty on the team's title race ahead.