The midfielder was hurt during the friendly defeat to Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
Melbourne Heart have been dealt an injury blow after new marquee signing Orlando Engelaar suffered a suspected broken leg on his debut.
The Dutch midfielder was carried from the field following a heavy collision with Thomas Broich in the 30th minute of Heart’s 3-0 friendly defeat to Brisbane Roar and was initially diagnosed with just a bruised shin, although it’s now thought to be much more serious.
CEO Scott Munn confirmed on his twitter account after the game that Engelaar was being treated in hospital and that no light had yet been shed on the extent of the injury.
Orlando getting scans and being assessed. Nothing confirmed at this point.
— Scott Munn (@scott_munn) August 25, 2013
Heart head coach John Aloisi fears the worst for the 33-year-old and admits losing him just a half-hour into his first game for the club is a bitter pill to swallow.
“We’re not 100 per cent sure yet but it looks like a fracture, which is terrible news,” Aloisi told Football Australia after the match in northern New South Wales.
“It’s a shame because he just got off the plane. I thought I’d get him straight into it and play some football because we need to get used to the way he plays and he needs to get used to our style.
“For this to happen so early in the pre-season is hard to take.”