Stoke City are waiting to discover the severity of a knee injury suffered by centre back Harry Souttar whilst playing for Australia.
The 23-year-old was stretchered off in the final 10 minutes of Australia’s 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia in the early hours of Thursday.
There are fears Souttar may have done damage to his ACL.
It would be a big blow for Stoke, with the Australian international having played almost every minute in the Championship this season.
Australia Head Coach Graham Arnold conceded that the injury was “serious” after the match.
He said: “At this moment I’m really down and devastated for Harry.
“I believe he’s the best centre-back in Asia. If it turns out to be a bad injury it’s a blow for Harry and a big blow for us.”
Arnold on Harry Souttar's injury:
"It's very serious. At this moment I'm really down and devastated for Harry. I believe he's the best centre-back in Asia and if it turns out to be a bad injury it's a blow for Harry and a big blow for us." #AUSvKSA
— Daniel Garb (@DanielGarb) November 11, 2021
Souttar taking his chance at Stoke
Souttar has been with Stoke since 2017, after moving down from Dundee United. He has spent time out on loan at Ross County and Fleetwood Town before nailing down a first team place last season.
This season, the Scottish-born centre back has been at the forefront of Stoke’s defensive efforts. They have conceded 19 goals in 17 games so far, which has left The Potters in fifth.
On the international stage, he has scored an impressive six goals in 10 games for the Socceroos.
His performances have attracted the attention of Premier League clubs, with Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa all linked with his services.
A lengthy layoff could scupper his chances of a move at the end of the season. But he will hope to stay on the radar as he recovers.