A-League: Adelaide United’s win over Melbourne City has sent the Central Coast back to the bottom of the ladder.
TAREK Elrich’s worst fears were confirmed as Adelaide United’s doctor James Ilic revealed the defender had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
Elrich, 30, damaged his left knee ligament after a heading duel with former Reds teammate Osama Malik in the first half of the clash against Melbourne City (0-1) in Melbourne on Friday night.
Elrich was travelling at speed to meet a high ball and after making contact with the leather he crashed onto the pitch awkwardly before wincing in pain as his left knee seemed to give way on impact.
“Following scans on Friday evening, we can confirm Tarek has ruptured the ACL in his left knee,’’ said Dr Ilic.
“Tarek will now see a surgeon on Monday to discuss the best course of action and to begin the recovery process as soon as possible.”
Elrich is Adelaide’s second player to damage an anterior cruciate ligament this season after Jordan
Elsey was forced to miss the campaign after damaging his knee before the competition kicked off last year.
Elsey was forced to undergo his second knee reconstruction after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2014.
Originally published as Elrich receives worst news on knee injury