Caltex Socceroos striking duo suffer injury blows

Caltex Socceroos strikers Jamie Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout both suffered hamstring injuries playing in the Hyundai A-League over the weekend.

The in-form Maclaren confirmed on Instagram he suffered a small tear in his hamstring after scoring a match-winning double for Melbourne City in Sunday’s 2-1 triumph over Western United FC.

“I will be doing everything I can to be back ASAP,” Maclaren said on Instagram.

The injury is a blow for the 26-year-old who has arguably been in career-best form for club and country in recent months.

Maclaren scored four goals for Australia in FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nepal and Chinese Taipei earlier this month.

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Jamie Maclaren's Instagram post
Jamie Maclaren's Instagram post

He backed that up with four goals in just two appearances for City in the Hyundai A-League.

After a brace to help City beat Adelaide United in Round 2, Maclaren chipped in with another double for 10-man City against United at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday.

He also scored six goals in the club’s run to the FFA Cup Final 2019.

Meanwhile Nabbout, who played for the Caltex Socceroos at last year’s FIFA World Cup, Nabbout limped out of Melbourne Victory’s 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Nabbout scored the only goal of the match at Suncorp Stadium but last less than 15 minutes more after feeling a slight pull in his right hamstring.

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