The Brisbane Roar's campaign has suffered more bad news, with captain Matt Smith's hip injury needing season-ending surgery
|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Roar captain Matt Smith will miss the remainder of the A-League season after having surgery on his hip.
After consulting a surgeon on Monday, it was decided that an operation on Smith's hip labrum tear was the best option.
The Australia international's last appearance for Roar was in the 1-0 loss against the Newcastle Jets on January 12.
"I am bitterly disappointed to be out for the rest of the season," Smith said.
"I am still confident the rest of the boys can finish off the season well and I'm now firmly focused on working hard in my recovery."
The recovery from Smith's surgery is expected to take three to four months, ruling him out of the remainder of Brisbane's 2012-2013 A-League campaign and the start of the AFC Champions League group stage, should they make it.