Duff's Aussie future in doubt after season-ending injury
Damien Duff will not play again this season after damaging both an ankle and a calf during Melbourne City's A-League game against Wellington last weekend.
A ruptured tendon in his calf, combined with an ankle injury sustained in the same match, have effectively ended Duff's campaign and possibly his stay in Australia.
"He said he felt something snap and then he couldn't walk or put any pressure on it. That's not a good sign," said Melbourne coach John van't Schip.
Tim Sherwood, meanwhile, was providing Shay Given and Jack Grealish with better signs yesterday when he suggested both squad players, who rarely featured under Paul Lambert, were being considered for a first-team recall.
"I know Jack from youth football," said Aston Villa's new manager. "He is a talented boy, potentially one of the best young talents. I am very excited to have a look at him and learn more about him.
"Jack, like everyone in the squad, has got an important part to play. There won't be anyone who is not included in my plans. It's a fresh start for everyone. Whether the previous manager liked them or he didn't, it doesn't matter to me."
Elsewhere, Irish international Andy Keogh is under investigation by his club, Perth Glory, after he and a team-mate were arrested outside a nightclub on Sunday night.
"The players admit the situation has embarrassed them, their team-mates and our fans and they are accepting full responsibility for their poor behaviour," said the club in a statement.
Meanwhile, Mick McCarthy has challenged Daryl Murphy to break a 53-year Ipswich Town scoring record after the Ireland striker passed the 20-goal mark for the season on Saturday.
Murphy has now scored 21 times from 29 league games in this campaign, seven shy of the club record posted by Ted Phillips in 1961/62.
"He should aim to become a club legend," said McCarthy. "Why should he stop at 21?"
Murphy added: "To finish as the league's top scorer would be nice. I just want to get as many goals as possible at this stage."