Injured Franjic out for remainder of World Cup
CUIABA, Brazil (AP) — Ivan Franjic has been ruled out of the remainder of Australia’s World Cup campaign after injuring his left hamstring in Friday’s 3-1 loss to Chile.
Franjic was replaced early in the second half and Australia coach Ange Postecoglou told domestic media on Saturday that medical scans showed a “fairly significant tear.”
The 26-year-old defender had a difficult start as Australia conceded two early goals, but played a role in the comeback with a cross in the lead-up to Tim Cahill’s goal that made it 2-1 before halftime.
His absence leaves a hole for Australia at right back for Wednesday’s match against Netherlands, with Ryan McGowan likely to take Franjic’s starting spot.
Franjic posted comments on his social network accounts, saying he was “shattered to get the bad news.”