It looks as though a severe double injury blow could have ended the career of former Newcastle winger Damien Duff.
Playing for Melbourne City on a one year contract, Duff strained his ankle ligaments during a match against Wellington Phoenix.
After the match though, scans confirmed that the Irishman had also ruptured a tendon in his calf.
Turning 36 next month, it looks as though Damien Duff’s professional career could be at an end, with Melbourne coach John van’t Schip saying:
“Hopefully the injury won’t be too bad, we have to wait and see, but it doesn’t look good.
“He (Duff) said he felt something snap and then he couldn’t walk or put any pressure on it. That is not a good sign.”
I like the Melbourne coach’s understatement there – ‘not a good sign’!
Sympathy will be in short supply on Tyneside who put in any number of half-hearted displays, particularly in the relegation season.
Then on the final day of the season it was a deflection off Damien Duff that gave Villa the win and sent Newcastle down.
After initially saying he wanted to stay and help get Newcastle back up, Duff then immediately went back on that and signed for Fulham so he could stay in the Premier League.