JULY 14 2017
Sydney FC were dealt a serious blow to their hopes of retaining the A-League title after fullback Rhyan Grant suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his preparations for Thursday’s game. Grant suffered the injury during training on Tuesday during standard sprint drills, according to Arnold. Grant will have to undergo a full knee reconstruction – the second of his career – which will rule him out until at least March.
“I’ve got some tragic news, Rhyan Grant done his ACL on… Tuesday, I think it was. Just straight line running. We tried to speed things up to play the game a little bit,” Arnold said.
The 26-year-old fullback enjoyed the best season of his career last year playing in all but one game as Sydney won the A-League double. He was rewarded with a call-up to the Australian national team for the World Cup qualifiers against UAE and Iraq. Arnold says it will be difficult to replace Grant with local options but could be enticed to use one of their two visa-spots on finding another fullback. Sydney also have options among their ranks with Seb Ryall, Aaron Calver and Paulo Retre able to play at right back.
“If there’s one positive about Rhyan, he’s done it real early and we expect him to be back at the end of March and for the last few games of the finals series,” Arnold said.
“We will search and get another very good right fullback as an injury replacement so we’re lucky in that regard that it’s in the transfer window. We’ve got two visa spots left often so I’ll be exhausting my network.”
Source : The Canberra Times