Melbourne Victory’s championship defence has been dealt a serious blow after star Keisuke Honda was dominated out for a month with a hamstring damage.
The membership introduced on Thursday scans this week revealed the Japan worldwide has a strained proper hamstring due to points together with his decrease again.
Honda was a late withdrawal for the previous two weeks however after consulting specialists returned to coaching on Monday in a bid to face Western Sydney this Saturday.
The membership mentioned the 32-year-old suffered a contemporary damage on Tuesday.
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“It is disappointing for Keisuke, his teammates, the membership and our members and followers,” coach Kevin Muscat mentioned on Thursday.
“He was shut to taking part in final weekend — however we finally erred on the aspect of warning and allowed him an additional week to get well.
“He resumed full coaching with the group this week, with the intent to play in opposition to Western Sydney.
“Whereas there wasn’t a particular incident of be aware, Keisuke reported tightness in the space, so we once more despatched him for scans and obtained the outcomes late in the day.”
The lack of Honda is a serious blow for the second-placed Victory, who’ve drawn their previous two matches with out their marquee after profitable six in a row.
The previous AC Milan star co-leads the Victory with 5 objectives this season, is equal second in the league with assists (three), and likewise leads the membership in possibilities created (21).
They now enter an important stretch of the season the place they play seven video games in the subsequent month, together with heavyweight bouts in opposition to Wellington and Sydney FC later in January.
They’re additionally set to be with out defender Nick Ansell for a while after he too sustained a hamstring situation, however imports Raul Baena and Georg Niedermeier are possible to return.
“Whereas this is not the information we wished coming right into a busy interval of video games, we do have some gamers coming again into the body for choice, which is a optimistic and can help the group,” Muscat mentioned.