Aaron Mooy’s worst fears have been confirmed with the player to miss the Socceroos’ Asian Cup title defence in the UAE.
The Australian reported earlier in the week that Mooy had become a major doubt for the tournament after sustaining a knee injury against Arsenal.
And so it has proved, with Mooy’s Premier League club Huddersfield Town revealing the midfielder had sustained an MCL tear.
❌ #htafc midfielder @AaronMooy will be side-lined until February with a knee injury, which will rule him out of involvement in the 2019 Asian Cup with @Socceroos as well as the Terriers’ December fixtures.
— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2018
If fit, it is likely Mooy would have been one of the first names selected on Graham Arnold’s team sheet for the January tournament.
“I’m gutted to be missing an important time for club and country,” he told htafc.com.
“We’ve got a lot of fixtures over the Christmas period at Huddersfield Town, but I back the team to continue our good performances and get the results that we’re targeting.
“I’m also sad that this injury will rule me out of the Asian Cup.
“I’d like to wish the Socceroos all the best as they head to the UAE; I’ll be supporting them from afar.
“The hard work on my recovery has already started and I’m looking forward to being back out on the pitch.”
Thought it is so far unconfirmed, The Australian also reported fellow midfielder Tom Rogic to be racing the clock to be fit in time for the tournament.
Rogic has been nursing injury for much of the 2018-19 season with Celtic back has still managed 13 Premiership appearances, three goals and five assists for the campaign.
— Daily Football Show (@DFS_AUS) December 12, 2018
Based in Germany with VfL Bochum, Robbie Kruse is also looking to overcome an injury that kept him out of the Socceroos’ recent friendly win over Lebanon in Sydney.
Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported Socceroos regular Josh Risdon and hopeful Brandon O’Neill are being courted by Championship club Aston Villa.
Risdon, who featured for Australia at the World Cup in Russia and played all three group games, has also drawn interest from a club based further in England’s north.
O’Neill is under the watchful eye of a London club as well as the Villans.