Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk and fans across Australia will breathe a sigh of relief after key midfielder Aaron Mooy was cleared of a serious knee injury.
The 27-year-old was stretchered off in the second half of Huddersfield Town’s emphatic 4-1 Premier League win over Bournemouth on Sunday.
Mooy had his head in his hands as he left the turf at the John Smith’s Stadium, but it was later confirmed he had suffered a deep cut requiring stitches but no ligament damage.
The Socceroos star played a decisive role before his injury, having laid on two assists for Steve Mounie in the victory.
But after a collision with Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook, Mooy’s afternoon took a turn for the worse when he required lengthy treatment on the field.
Huddersfield manager David Wagner confirmed the injury was not as serious as first feared.
“We have to wait,” Wagner told reporters in his post-match press conference.
“He has a cut over his knee. Not ligaments, just a cut. He needs stitches.”
Despite been cleared of ligament damage, Mooy is expected sidelined for up to six weeks.
Mooy has won 31 caps for Australia since his debut in 2012, and played an integral part in the Socceroos’ World Cup qualification, scoring two goals.
– with AAP