Melbourne Victory defender Tim Hoogland has been withdrawn from Sunday's Round 13 Hyundai A-League match against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park through injury.
Hoogland had some discomfort in his knee during training this week. He immediately underwent scans, which determined there was a small piece of floating bone in his right knee.
Victory has confirmed that Tim will now undergo minor surgery on Monday to remove the small bone fragment and he should be available to play in three to four weeks.
General Manager Football Operations, Paul Trimboli, said everyone at the Club was feeling for Tim.
“It’s a frustrating setback for Tim, given he has only played twice this season, with the Round 11 Derby being his first full game,” Trimboli said.
“Unfortunately following the MRI scan and subsequent medical specialist consultation, it has been determined that surgery is the best course of action to get Tim back to 100% fitness for the Club.
“The surgery to remove the bone fragment is minor and barring any setbacks, we should expect to see Tim available for selection in three to four weeks.”
Further updates on Hoogland’s progress will be provided over the coming weeks.