Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic is confident Matthew Spiranovic will return a “bigger and better” player after successful surgery on his ankle.
The Socceroos defender went under the knife on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for up to 10 weeks and will miss the club’s ACL quarter-final next month.
He will immediately begin his rehabilitation with Wanderers medical staff in the hope of being ready for the start of the Hyundai A-League season.
“He (Spiranovic) had his operation yesterday and it’s all gone very well,” Wanderers boss Popovic said on Tuesday.
“Now it’s the recovery phase for him. I’m sure he’ll be back bigger and better once he heals from the injury.
“He had a fantastic world cup. He came back very eager and keen to get back with the Wanderers in training with all the big games we’ve got coming up.
“Unfortunately these things happen in football. (Surgery) was necessary, it needed to be done but we will all benefit from the outcome once he gets over this injury.”
In some exciting news for the club, new recruit Romeo Castelen will arrive in Sydney tonight and will immediately get down to training ahead of the ACL clash with Guangzhou Evergrande at Parramatta Stadium on August 20.
“It’s coming very quickly and the players are working very hard,” Popovic said.
“We’re preparing for a quarter final of a Champions League game without playing league games, it’s unique but it’s something we have to deal with and we’ll be the best we can be on that day, that’s for sure.”
Western Sydney Wanderers memberships are on sale now! Head to http://wanderers.memberhq.com.au/ for more information and to sign up today!
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic injured as Genk exit Europa League
It wasn’t a happy night in the UEFA Europa League for Danny Vukovic as he was stretched off in Genk’s 4-1 loss to Slavia Prague on Friday morning (AEDT). AUSSIES ABROAD: Vukovic features in top-two battle NEW DEAL: In-form Vukovic rewarded with contract extension Still sco
When to watch your Caltex Socceroos this weekend
There's plenty for Caltex Socceroos fans to sink their teeth into this weekend with our homegrown heroes gearing up for some massive matches. Mathew Leckie attempts to slay a giant in Germany, two Aussies set aside national team loyalties in Denmark and Aaron Mooy goes on the
In-form Vukovic earns Genk contract extension
Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has been rewarded for his excellent form with a two-season contract extension at Belgian club KRC Genk. The 33-year-old's deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign but the Pro League leaders have taken up their option to extend
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic’s Genk beaten in battle of Belgium’s top two
Danny Vukovic’s Genk remain well clear on top of the table despite falling to a rare defeat in Belgium against Club Brugge overnight. In a meeting of the competition’s top two at the Jan Breydel Stadion, Genk were beaten the fired-up home side, going down 3-1. There was lit