Matthew Leckie has been ruled out until the new year after the Adelaide United midfielder suffered a serious knee injury in Friday's 2-1 defeat at Melbourne Victory.
The blow came in the opening 20 minutes of the encounter at Etihad Stadium following a challenge by Surat Sukha, the 19-year-old rupturing the medial cruciate ligament in his left knee which will sideline him for eight to ten weeks.
"Obviously I'm a bit frustrated and devastated that I won't be able to play for a while now, but I guess injuries happen in football, so it's something you've got to move on with and just try to get yourself back into the game as quickly as you can," he said.
"At first I didn't think I'd done my medial, I thought I was fine because we did a little bit of testing on the sideline, it felt all good, and then as I walked back on the pitch my leg started collapsing in and that's when I knew.
"Obviously he [Sukha] was going for the ball but he probably wanted to go and knock me about as well. Unfortunately he was a bit late, maybe he thought he could have got to it, but I got ahead of him so it's a tough one to call.
"I'm just really looking at getting my knee right, getting back to playing for Adelaide and hopefully I can get back for the games before the finals and in the finals as well."
Adelaide also confirmed Lloyd Owusu will leave the Hindmarsh Stadium at the end of December after the striker's contract was mutually terminated. Owusu made 16 appearances for Reds, scoring one goal.
"Coming to Australia has been a great experience for me, but I think the time is right for me to move back to the UK in January," Owusu said.
"The players and fans have been brilliant to me since day one, and I can't speak of Adelaide highly enough as a city - the people here really know their football and provide great support to the club.
"I've made a lot of friends in Adelaide, and will continue to do everything I can around the place before I leave to help the club keep building on the great start we've had to the season."