Crash rules Antonis out of Japan friendly

A minor car accident has seen Sydney FC gun Terry Antonis ruled out of the Socceroos friendly clash against Japan with head and neck soreness.

In a tough blow for the midfielder, Antonis was driving to the airport on Sunday evening to travel to Japan when the accident occurred, with the 20-year-old taken to hospital having complained of head and neck pain.

It is yet more heartbreak for the Sydney star who was withdrawn on the eve of the U20 World Cup last year with a ruptured thigh tendon.

Scans at the hospital cleared Antonis of any major injury but the youngster has still been withdrawn from the Socceroos squad to face Japan on November 18 after a consultation between Sydney medical staff and Australian coach Ange Postecoglou.

The Socceroos’ boss has named Swiss-based midfielder Oliver Bozanic as Antonis’ replacement in the squad.