Sydney FC striker's grand final heartbreak

Melbourne Victory have been given an early boost with news pacy Sydney FC striker Bernie Ibini is out of Sunday’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold, speaking at Saturday’s official pre-match press conference, confirmed his super-sub had not recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in last week’s Elimination Final against Perth Glory. 

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“Bernie’s out,” Arnold said.

Bernie Ibini.

“He obviously tried his best to be ready for tomorrow. 

"But the hamstring is always tough with a short turnaround.

“Sad for the kid but we have plenty of depth in the squad. 

"We’ve got some other good options to come in off the bench.”

David Carney netted twice off the bench as Sydney FC downed Melbourne Victory 2-1 at Allianz Stadium.

Traditionally, Arnold has used Ibini to come on for striker Filip Holosko midway through the second half.

The injury could open the door for David Carney to play more of a role on Sunday off the bench.