Damien Duff's sojourn down-under could be at an end before it really got going after the Ireland winger suffered an unfortunate double injury over the weekend. Fox Sports Australia are reporting that Duff "has almost certainly played his last A-League game after scans revealed a bizarre double injury".
The 35 year old strained ankle ligaments during Saturday's draw with Wellington Phoenix but then it was also confirmed today that he had ruptured a tendon in his calf. Fox say that Melbourne City are waiting on results of secondary scans but are resigned to losing him for the rest of his one year contract.
Melbourne coach, John van’t Schip, refused to be drawn on the possibility that Duff's career could be at risk, however he did admit that things weren't looking good.
Hopefully the injury won’t be too bad — we have to wait and see — but it doesn’t look good. He said he felt something snap and then he couldn’t walk or put any pressure on it. That’s not a good sign.
The reality of the timeframe means that Duff's A-League career is almost certainly at an end. He has always said that he would like to finish his career in the League of Ireland, let's just hope he can recover sufficiently to make that a reality.