Aussies abroad: Langerak sidelined, Irvine at the crossroads

VfB Stuttgart has confirmed that new signing, Socceroo goalkeeper Mitch Langerak, will miss their season opener and won’t be able to train for four to six weeks.

Langerak tore a muscle in his right hamstring in the club’s final training session of their pre-season camp in Zillertal following last week’s transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

It means the 26-year-old Australian’s playing return could be two months away, with fellow new signing Przemyslaw Tyton getting the first crack at the number one spot.

The Swabians commence their Bundesliga campaign on August 15 at home to FC Koln, while they have a DFB-Pokal the weekend prior away to Aalen.

"Injuries always occur at the most inappropriate times, but Mitch is a positive guy and he will be back on his feet quickly,” Stuttgart coach Alexander Zorniger said.

The news comes as Socceroo teammate Bernie Ibini undergoes surgery on Wednesday for a fracture to the outer tibula which is expected to rule him out of action for the next four months.

Club Brugge’s new signing will miss the next three 2018 World Cup qualifiers, while he’s unlikely to be ready for the November fixtures at home to Kyrgyzstan and away to Bangladesh.

Ibini, 22, was hoping to establish himself at his new club following his off-season switch when he penned the three-year deal.

Elsewhere, young Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine faces an important decision in Scotland.

Irvine is back at Celtic where he is in pre-season training despite being uncontracted, but is wanted by Ross County, where he impressed on loan last season.

The 22-year-old has struggled for first-team opportunities at Celtic.