Moment Lewis Ferguson realised he was missing Scotland Euro 2024 adventure as injury seriousness sank in

Lewis Ferguson knew his season-ending injury was a bad one when he saw the look on the faces of the Bologna medical staff.

The midfielder was ruled out for the rest of his sides Serie A campaign and, heartbreakingly, Scotland's Euro 2024 in Germany in the summer after breaking down with a knee injury in a game against Monza. It turned out to be a cruciate ligament injury which means a long road to recovery.

And he knew something was up as soon as he saw the way doctors were looking at him in the dressing room afterwards. The 24-year-old was tipped to move to one of the bigger Italian clubs but will now have to focus on his rehab with Bologna after going under the knife.

He told the Daily Mail: "I could tell from the look on the doctors’ faces in the changing room after the game that it wasn’t good.

"You just get a feeling something is not right and I went home with the brace and the crutches and waited for the scan to see what the damage was.

"The support I received was absolutely amazing. Fans, family, team-mates.

"It was difficult because it’s hard for anyone to say anything that will make you feel any better. It did put a smile on my face at times."

Ferguson's teammates paid tribute to him by holding aloft his number 19 shirt ahead of a clash with Roma which they went on to win which could be crucial in helping them qualify for the Champions League,

"When they held up my strip with my No 19 on it, that was amazing," he added.

"It meant an awful lot because these are the guys that I train with and I play with and I have such a good relationship with.

"They made me feel so involved. Even after they won, they FaceTimed me in the changing room and made me feel I was still part of it, which was really nice.

"It’s such a close group and I really think that’s one of the reasons we have been so successful."