Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero will miss Sydney FC's weekend trip to play Wellington Phoenix in Australia's A-League with a hamstring injury, the club said on Thursday.
Officials said scans revealed the 38-year-old Italian FIFA World Cup™ winner suffered a strain during last weekend's scoreless home draw with Melbourne Heart. But Del Piero was cleared of any tear in the hamstring.
"Scans have shown that Alessandro has suffered a strained hamstring so he will not be travelling to Wellington for Sunday's game," said Sky Blues coach Frank Farina.
"The positive news is that there is no tear but we will re-evaluate how the injury has progressed and what we do going forward next week when we get back in to training."
Del Piero has been one of the few positives in Sydney's troubled season, scoring five goals.