Melbourne City sweats on scans for its Irish rep

THE impressive A-League career of Melbourne City import Damien Duff could be over after only 15 games.

Duff, who has made 100 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, will undergo further scans on a ruptured calf tendon and ankle ligament damage, but the early prognosis is that he may need surgery, resulting in a lengthy layoff.

The 35-year-old winger (pictured) was injured early in last Saturday's 0-0 draw against Wellington, limping off after a tackle by Phoenix striker Roy Krishna.

Melbourne City coach John van't Schip says Duff's loss will be a big blow to the team, which sits in seventh place on the A-League standings, just one point behind Brisbane.

"Damien has brought a lot to the club this season, both on and off the pitch," the Dutchman said.

City has moved to shore up its injury-hit ranks by signing ex-Newcastle Jets skipper Kew Jaliens on an injury-replacement deal.

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