Sydney FC are losing another player to injury as Rhyan Grant will likely miss the rest of the 2013/14 A-League season with a ruptured achilles tendon, according to a club press release. The 22-year-old midfielder suffered the injury in last weekend's Sydney Derby against Western Sydney Wanderers at the Allianz Stadium. Grant will have surgery on Friday and his rehabilitation will then be mapped out for a long-term recovery.
Grant's injury makes life more difficult for Frank Farina and the Sky Blues. Already missing young Terry Antonis due to a bad thigh injury, Sydney lost Corey Gameiro for the opening month of the season after a freak accident while taping a FOX Soccer commercial. New right back Pedj Bojic hurt his calf and Alessandro Del Piero suffered a similar knock in the club's 4-0 defeat at Brisbane Roar in week two. Meanwhile, Terry McFlynn continues to rehab a groin injury and has not yet featured this season.
While Grant does not yet have the name recognition of a star like Del Piero, an established A-League player like Bojic or even of a budding star like Antonis, he was the players' player of the year for Sydney last year and represented the club at the A-League All-Star Game over the winter. ACL injuries happen in soccer and most recover fully these days, but the timing of the injury in concert with all of the other absences could not be much worse for the Sky Blues.