Socceroo Matthew Spiranovic to miss ACL quarters

Sydney: Australian World Cup defender Matthew Spiranovic needs ankle surgery and will miss the Western Sydney Wanderers AFC Champions League quarter-final against Guangzhou Evergrande next month, his club said on Thursday.

Spiranovic, 26, who played for Australia at this month`s World Cup in Brazil, will have an operation on Monday and is expected to miss up to 10 weeks of the club`s pre-season, the Wanderers said.

That means the central defender will miss both legs of the Champion`s League quarter-final against the Chinese champions at home on August 20 and away on August 27.

The Wanderers, who lost to Brisbane Roar in last season`s A-League final, kick off their league season on October 10 against Melbourne Victory.

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