Socceroos medical employees are sweating on information from Premier League membership Huddersfield to decide if star midfielder Aaron Mooy’s Asian Cup is over.
The 28-year-previous reportedly injured his knee through the Terriers’ 1-zero loss to Arsenal on the weekend.
Scans have revealed a medial ligament damage, in accordance to a Information Corp Australia report on Tuesday.
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However Australian officers had been unable to verify what, if any, damage Mooy has sustained with senior physiotherapist Phil Coles awaiting additional updates from Huddersfield.
If Mooy is injured, coach Graham Arnold faces a range conundrum when he names his 23-man squad for the event subsequent week.
A four-to-six week restoration means Mooy will surely miss Australia’s opener in opposition to Jordan on Jan. 6, and presumably the opposite group stage matches in opposition to Palestine and Syria.
Mooy may nevertheless be match to play in Australia’s knockout matches if Arnold deems him too important to pass over of his squad.
Former Socceroo Archie Thompson mentioned if Mooy is unavailable will probably be an enormous blow to Australia’s hope of retaining the title.
“You need that high quality. You need that management,” Thompson advised Fox Sports activities.
“He is taking part in in a high league, taking part in week-in and week-out so his expertise is invaluable. I hope that it isn’t as severe as we’re listening to.”
If Mooy is chosen however unavailable for the group stage, it can put him in an identical scenario to Tottenham star Son Heung-min.
The South Korean winger will sit out his nation’s first three matches within the United Arab Emirates after his nationwide affiliation got here to an settlement with Tottenham however will characterize the Taeguk Warriors from the spherical of 16 onwards.
Fellow midfielder Tom Rogic has additionally reportedly suffered a knee damage however Socceroos employees are assured it won’t have an effect on the 25-year-previous’s hopes of taking part in within the event.
The Socceroos have already misplaced younger gun Daniel Arzani after the winger suffered an ACL damage final month on debut for Scottish membership Celtic.