All Whites midfielder Ryan Thomas suffers serious knee injury, shortly after joining Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven

All Whites midfielder Ryan Thomas is set spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines, after suffering an injury during training with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

The 23-year-old signed with the club earlier this month, after five years with PEC Zwolle.

Thomas injured his knee while trying to block a ball during training.

He will miss PSV Eindhoven's Champions League qualifier second leg against BATE Borisov next Thursday. His team won the first leg 3-2.

"During the inspection that you have to undergo for a transfer, I have been completely screened, everything looked good, when I blocked a ball on the training, I suffered this injury," Thomas told PSV's website.

"At first it did not seem serious, but we have had a scan made for safety and that did not look good. It seemed an innocent thing, but I'm out of it for a long time.

"It is not fun, but this also belongs to the life of a top athlete. In the coming days, we will look at what the best plan is and then I will get to work. "

Thomas has played 10 games for the New Zealand and has scored three goals since making his debut in 2014.

All Whites' Ryan Thomas with Shane Smeltz and Clayton Lewis celebrate a goal during the New Zealand All Whites match against Fiji during the FIFA Football World Cup Qualification, OFC Final Group Stage. Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. 28 March 2017. Copyright Image: Marty Melville
All Whites' Ryan Thomas with Shane Smeltz and Clayton Lewis celebrate a goal during the New Zealand All Whites match against Fiji during the FIFA Football World Cup Qualification at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Source: Photosport


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