Australian Football: Brattan out for the season
Sydney FC have confirmed star midfielder Luke Brattan will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his ACL in midweek.
The Sky Blues are priced at 7/1 to win the grand final but will have to do it without Brattan after the club's worst fears were confirmed on Friday.
The 31-year-old suffered the injury towards the end of the first half on Wednesday night as Sydney beat Sydney Olympic 4-2 in the FFA Cup, and speaking after the game coach Steve Corica said he feared the worst.
Scans have now revealed the full extent of the damage and Corica's fears have been confirmed.
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"He's done his ACL and he needs surgery next week," Corica said ahead of Saturday's game with Macarthur. "It's a big blow for him and the club and we're very disappointed for him.
"He was in tears the other day, he's a very emotional guy and he's going to be out for a year. He played 45 minutes this season and that's all he's going to play.
"He's got a great family around him and with the boys. A few of the other boys have done these injuries before and he'll get through it."
Zullo injury issues
Meanwhile Michael Zullo is another player suffering with injury issues and Corica says it is frustrating for everyone.
"He hasn't played for (nearly) two seasons now, he's positive and wants to play and produce for the team," Corica said of Zullo. "When he tries to come back he gets another little calf injury."