Melbourne Victory have suffered a blow ahead of their Round 13 clash with Newcastle Jets, with defender Tim Hoogland a late withdrawal from their squad.
The 34-year-old German drops out of Marco Kurz’s line-up after experiencing discomfort in his knee during training this week and subsequent scans identifying a small piece of bone floating in his knee.
Victory has confirmed that Hoogland will now undergo minor surgery on Monday to remove the bone fragment. He is expected to return to the action in three to four weeks.
The former Bundesliga star has been plagued by injury this season for Victory, but showed his class with a star showing in his only start of the campaign – a 2-1 win over Melbourne City in their pre-Christmas derby meeting.
Melbourne Victory General Manager Football Operations, Paul Trimboli, told melbournevictory.com.au he is confident Hoogland will bounce back from his latest injury concern.
“It’s a frustrating setback for Tim, given he has only played twice this season, with the Round 11 Derby being his first full game,” Trimboli said.
“Unfortunately, following the MRI scan and subsequent medical specialist consultation, it has been determined that surgery is the best course of action to get Tim back to 100% fitness for the Club.
“The surgery to remove the bone fragment is minor and barring any setbacks, we should expect to see Tim available for selection in three to four weeks.”
Sunday’s match is the first for Victory against the Jets this Hyundai A-League season, but comes after the Jets eliminated Kurz’s side in the FFA Cup Round of 32 last year.
Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets
Sunday, December 5
Kick-off 6:30pm AEDT
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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