Peterborough United striker Joe Gormley could be sidelined for up to a year after snapping the cruciate ligaments in his left knee.

Former Irish League top scorer Gormley suffered the injury during a reserve team game against Norwich City last week and will have surgery next week.

Gormley, 25, starred in pre-season but struggled for form when Posh’s League One season started.

The forward won back-to-back Irish Premiership titles with Cliftonville.

Gormley, 25,

moved to London Road

in June after scoring 40 goals in Northern Ireland for Cliftonville in 2014-15.

He was named the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Player of the Year in 2014.