Daniel Arzani confirms he has suffered ACL knee injury
Future Socceroo star Daniel Arzani has been dealt a significant blow after revealing he has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury and will be sidelined until next season.
The 19-year-old confirmed the news via his Twitter account, five days after being stretchered from the field on his Celtic senior debut in the 5-0 victory at Dundee.
Arzani appeared to twist his knee awkwardly in the match and was taken from the arena only 20 minutes into his first appearance after coming on as a substitute.
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The injury is a huge blow for Australia's Asian Cup defence in January 19, with the prodigy expected to play a significant role in the UAE-based tournament.
ACL injuries and subsequent knee reconstructions usually see a player out of the game for nine-to-12 months, meaning Arzani's likely earliest return won't be until August next year.
A-League based wingers Craig Goodwin and Chris Ikonomidis could now come into Socceroo squad calculations heading into the Asian Cup and be given an opportunity in the mid-November friendlies against South Korea and Lebanon.
Uncapped Scottish-born attacker Martin Boyle is also likely to figure prominently in wide area calculations - considering his top form for Hibernian in Scotland's top flight.