He had overcome the same injury in 2012 to return to MLS action with the Portland Timbers and then Toronto FC after his trade during the 2013 season.
After the season, he debuted and scored his first goal for Nigeria.
Worst day of my life— Bright Dike (@bbright19) February 17, 2014
Only last week, Dike, who starred at Notre Dame, tweeted a photo of himself with the World Cup trophy that was on tour in Toronto.
The World Cup Trophy. Just amazing pic.twitter.com/CkaTUM3H4B— Bright Dike (@bbright19) February 14, 2014
Dike is the second U.S. prospect whose hopes of representing another national team at the World Cup were shattered by a long-term injury. Rodney Wallace, who was born in Costa Rica and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, injured his knee in the MLS Western Conference finals with Portland. He is expected to miss the first half of the 2014 MLS season.
American-born Giuseppe Rossi still holds out hope of making Italy's World Cup team. He has targeted Fiorentina's Coppa Italia final against Napoli in early May as the date of his comeback from yet another knee injury.