Harry Souttar sustains serious knee injury

Football Australia can confirm that defender Harry Souttar sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in last week’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Sydney.

The Stoke City defender returned to the United Kingdom today where he will undergo further assessment at his club and commence his rehabilitation.

Since the unfortunate injury occurred last Thursday evening Socceroos medical staff have been in constant communication with Stoke City.

Socceroos staff will remain in contact with Stoke and Souttar throughout his rehabilitation and will offer every possible support and assistance to enable the young defender to return to the pitch as soon as possible.

“We are devastated for Harry,” said Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold. “This injury is a blow for an immensely talented young footballer, and in turn his country and club.” 

“Harry is a determined and positive young man who will leave no stone unturned to return to the pitch as soon as possible.

We will support Harry every step of the way and believe that he has an enormous future ahead of him playing at the highest levels of world football.”