Socceroos defender Chris Herd has been ruled out of the AFC Asian Cup with an achilles injury.
Herd underwent scans after reporting pain during the final session before the Socceroos clash with Oman in Sydney.
The 25-year-old received treatment over the last two days but it has been decided it is in Chris’ best interests to return to England where he will continue his rehabilitation at Aston Villa FC.
“It’s disappointing for the team and especially for Chris that he is unable to continue in the tournament,” said Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou. “It has been determined it is in Chris’ best interests that he returns to Aston Villa for rehabilitation to ensure he can get back on the pitch.”
Under AFC Asian Cup regulations Herd can not be replaced in the Socceroos for the tournament.