Australian winger Martin Boyle has undergone surgery on his injured knee and will miss the rest of the Scottish Premiership season.
Boyle was kicked out of the World Cup in a devastating blow for Graham Arnold’s Socceroos, who were hammered 4-1 by France in their opener of the tournament.
The influential 29-year-old traveled to Qatar in a desperate bid to play for Australia despite alleged meniscus damage in the Hibernian league encounter with St Mirren in late October.
Further scans revealed a pre-existing ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, which required surgery and will sideline Boyle for months.
“The last few weeks have been difficult for Martin and we are all disgusted for him,” said Hibernian manager Lee Johnson.
“Now it’s up to us to rally behind him and make sure we support him on every level as he recovers.
“In the short term it’s a blow for us, but we will do everything we can to support Martin so that he comes back fitter, stronger and a better player than before.”
Boyle was unable to train with the Socceroos squad before being kicked out of the World Cup days before the France clash.
He was replaced in the squad by Melbourne City winger Marco Tilio.
“That’s probably the hardest thing, the devastating thing, he’s been so important…and probably been one of our best players throughout the campaign,” Arnold told reporters on Sunday.
“This is devastating news for Martin and his family.”
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