Coe to undergo surgery

Goalkeeper Nathan Coe will undergo surgery on Friday ruling out any chance of helping Melbourne Victory in their tilt at championship glory.

Victory confirmed that Coe will miss the rest of the season with a back injury, caused by an impinged nerve.

Football Operations Manager Paul Trimboli said it was a devastating outcome for the club but particularly for the 30-year-old shot-stopper, who has kept seven clean sheets this season.

“Sustaining an injury like this at any stage of the season is disappointing for the player first and foremost, and also the club, and so close to finals makes it even more difficult for everyone," Trimboli said.

“As the playing group focuses on the final game of the season this Sunday and the upcoming Finals Series, their thoughts will also be with Nathan as he recovers from surgery.

“The recovery time for this type of surgery is in the vicinity of three months so we will ensure that Nathan’s health and wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds during his rehabilitation from surgery.”

Coe suffered the injury in Round 24 against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium with back-up keeper Lawrence Thomas stepping up between the sticks.

Victory is continuing to consider options in relation to signing a replacement player for the remainder of the season.

Barring any extraordinary circumstances, the club will lift the Premier's Plate on Sunday when they take on Central Coast Mariners.