Future Socceroo star Daniel Arzani has been dealt a significant blow after revealing he has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury and will be sidelined until next season.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their day to show support and love. Unfortunately I will need an ACL Op, ruling me out till next season! This is a tough time for me but also a chance to improve and come out of this better than ever! Love you all! 🤙🏽💚💛🍀 pic.twitter.com/sHHtOWUUi0— iamdanielarzani (@iamdanielarzani) November 6, 2018
Arzani appeared to twist his knee awkwardly in the match and was taken from the arena only 20 minutes into his first appearance after coming on as a substitute.
ACL injuries and subsequent knee reconstructions usually see a player out of the game for nine-to-12 months, meaning Arzani's likely earliest return won't be until August next year.
A-League based wingers Craig Goodwin and Chris Ikonomidis could now come into Socceroo squad calculations heading into the Asian Cup and be given an opportunity in the mid-November friendlies against South Korea and Lebanon.