BATHURST football graduate Rhyan Grant has been ruled out for the remainder of the A-League season due to an injury suffered in Sydney FC’s 2-0 defeat to the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night.
It might only be round three, but the talented midfielder has already played his last game for the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the club’s lacklustre performance against their cross-town rivals.
Grant went down towards the end of the first half, collapsing in the midfield before signalling to the bench he couldn’t continue.
It was his first game back for Sydney after not playing the opening two rounds, moving into the squad in absence of defender Pedj Bojic.
The injury means Sydney FC lose one of their stronger, creative utility players and a strong component of their defensive midfield.
Being one of the standout players in an otherwise below-average performance from his team-mates, Grant’s departure left a lack of speed and determination from Sydney FC moving the ball forward.
Sydney FC coach Frank Farina hinted post-game that it could be worst-case scenario for Grant, refusing to rule out the possibility of an ACL injury.
Farina couldn’t hide his disappointment at the loss of Grant, knowing his influence on the pitch will be missed.
“I’m no doctor but potentially it could be an ACL; it could be a [torn] ligament,” he said.
“The poor kid had a wonderful run last year and it’s one of those things in football. He’s not having such a wonderful run this year. I could see there was something wrong because he doesn’t stay down.”
Farina’s diagnosis was correct. Grant underwent scans on Sunday which confirmed the worst.
The 22-year-old will now likely have to undergo surgery and be forced to endure a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Grant is the third young midfielder on Sydney’s long-term injury list and the fourth to be ruled out for the match against Perth this Saturday.
Peter Triantis is suffering osteitis pubis and Terry Antonis is out until at least January with a quad injury.
Terry McFlynn is expected to overcome a groin injury for the Sky Blues home match against Melbourne Victory in a fortnight but will miss the trip to Perth this weekend.
It is a massive blow for Grant as the former Bathurst Junior Sportsperson of the Year had been enjoying the best football of his career.
He was a regular in the Sky Blues’ team in season 2012-13, starting in 24 of his 25 appearances as he scored two goals and set up another two throughout the year.
Grant won the club’s player’s player award, was second to Alessandro Del Piero in the player of the year and earned a place in the A-League All Stars squad.