The 17 year old keeper has torn ligaments in his right ankle, however x-rays taken on the area cleared him of any fracture, meaning Birighitti is likely to be unavailable for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League minor round.
The injury occurred after Birighitti fell awkwardly just minutes from the end of the team’s training session in Yokohama in the lead up to Adelaide's play-off for 5th and 6th spot against African champions Al Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Adelaide United Coach Aurelio Vidmar feels sorry for Birighitti, and says it is a disappointing setback because he has been important for the club this season in covering injuries to current first choice keeper Eugene Galekovic.
Vidmar has already began the search for a replacement and is expected to make an announcement in the next week prior to The Reds’ match against Perth Glory on Boxing Day.
“We have a couple of candidates we’ve got our eye on and we’ll make a decision within a week once we find out a bit more about them,” Vidmar said.
Birighitti is regarded as one of Australia’s brightest young goalkeeping prospects and at just 17, has already made 3 appearances in the Hyundai A-League as well as start between the posts in the second leg of the AFC Champions League Final against Gamba Osaka.