Neill blow for Sydney

Lucas Neill has been ruled out of Sydney FC's crucial clash with Central Coast Mariners on Saturday evening.

Lucas Neill has been ruled out of Sydney FC's crucial clash with Central Coast Mariners on Saturday evening.

The Qantas Socceroos captain suffered a slight calf tear during training on Thursday morning, meaning the Sky Blues will have to face the league's highest-scoring side without their big-name central defender.

It is a huge blow to Sydney coach Frank Farina, with his side desperate for a win to keep their finals hopes alive after two straight losses on the road.

On Wednesday, Neill had spoken of his excitment at playing his first club game in Sydney for 17 years but Sky Blues fans will have to wait until at least the round 25 clash against Melbourne Victory next week to properly welcome the Socceroo home.