Daniel Arzani out for season after suffering knee injury in Celtic debut
The striker, on loan at Celtic from Manchester City, also misses Australia's defence of the Asian Cup
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 06/11/18 8:02am
Celtic and Australia striker Daniel Arzani has confirmed he needs surgery for a knee injury that will rule him out for the rest of the season.
The Iranian-born 19-year-old, currently on loan from Manchester City, went down clutching his knee 20 minutes into his first game for Brendan Rodgers' side in the 5-0 win at Dundee last month.
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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their day to show support and love, I’m trying my best to reply to everyone but please understand this is also a very tough time for me as I recieved the bad news today that I will indeed need an ACL Op ruling me out until next season. Apologies to the Celtic fans for my 20 minute cameo 😅 This is however the beginning of my journey and I promise to be back better than ever. Day 1 road to recovery starts now. 🤙🏽💚💛🍀
Arzani, who impressed for Australia during this summer's World Cup in Russia, will now miss their defence of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.
"I received the bad news today that I will indeed need an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) Op ruling me out until next season," he wrote on Instagram.
"Apologies to the Celtic fans for my 20-minute cameo. This is, however, the beginning of my journey and I promise to be back better than ever. Day 1 road to recovery starts now."
Football Federation Australia said it would "continue to liaise with Celtic and Daniel regarding his injury and rehabilitation and provide support, advice, and expertise however required".
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