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Sydney FC Manager Graham Arnold Fears Career Of Defender Sasa Ognenovski Is Over

Arnold fears Ognenovski may have played his last game in the A-League…

Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold fears veteran defender Sasa Ognenovski’s career may be over after the former Socceroo was ruled out of the rest of the A-League season with nerve damage.

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The 35-year-old suffered the hip injury during the 0-0 draw with Melbourne Victory in early November and has missed the past five matches, before making the decision to end his season.

“He’s got a crushed nerve in his hip from a collision against Adelaide,” Arnold was quoted as saying by AAP.

“He actually played against Melbourne Victory the week after with a lot of pain, but he’s just got to the stage where he can’t run any more.

“Every time he tries to run it sends a shooting pain down his leg.

“Sasa’s a tough character and it shows you how tough it must be for him not to be able to do it.”

Arnold conceded that it would be tough to see Ognenovski come back from such a major injury at this stage of his career.

“Sasa’s 35 years of age,” Arnold said.

“It’s down to Sasa at that age of whether he wants to fight and whether he’s got the fight in him, after he’s had a fantastic career to date, to want to come back.”

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