SOCCEROOS wonderkid Daniel Arzani has gone down in his first match in the Scottish Premiership, 18 minutes after taking the field for Celtic.
The 19-year-old star, who turned heads in Australia’s World Cup campaign in June, almost set up a goal in the 61st minute before hitting the deck.
He was stretchered off with a knee injury, forcing Celtic to finish the game with 10 men on the field.
Reports emerged after the match that Celtics’ medical staff have diagnosed the injury as an ACL tear — an injury which will require season-ending surgery.
The initial diagnosis will need to be confirmed by scans in coming days.
Huge blow for @Socceroos – I understand early diagnosis is that winger Daniel Arzani has torn his ACL, will be out for most of next year. Story online shortly
It didn’t hinder the Hoops’ stellar performance over Dundee though, winning comfortably 5-0 with Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic opening up the scoring early.
Daniel Arzani had a debut to forget.Source:Twitter
Celtic coach Brendon Rodgers shed light on Arzani’s injury after the match.
“Daniel (Arzani) looked as if he twisted his knee but didn’t appear so bad as he waved to the fans at the end,” he said after the full-time bell.
He said he noticed Arzani soaking in the applause from fans as he was stretchered off — and hoped that Arzani’s relaxed temperament after the injury may have been a positive sign.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that it will.
“Arzani is a great boy and it’s unfortunate he picked up the injury with a run in the game,” he said.
“I think his knee just sort of gave way and he felt it a bit unstable.
“He was taking the applause on the way out, so I’m not sure how sore it was. I don’t think it was killing him.”
As @chris_sutton73 said ‘That was stunning from @Tom_Rogic the Wizard of Oz’ ? pic.twitter.com/kzFOO7bBUe
Wee, skillful, plays midfield AND injury prone? Arzani will fit PERFECTLY into this Celtic team!
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