Western Sydney Wanderers utility Shannon Cole is devastated he could be out for two months after breaking his collarbone against Kashima Antlers.
Cole’s injury will put him out of action until mid-April, at the earliest, and the full-back may need surgery to repair his collarbone.
The final round of the 2014-2015 A-League season is April 24-26, while the Wanderers' final AFC Champions League group stage game is on May 5.
“It is devastating,” Cole told FourFourTwo.
“I have been so excited for this busy period so to miss the majority of it is hard to take. The good news for the team is that we have a number of boys coming back to full fitness after injuries and they’re looking sharp.
“I always tell kids they need to learn from setbacks and use the negative experience to improve you. Now I have to lead by example and come back stronger. When the team need me, I’ll be ready.”
The Wanderers have signed midfielder Nick Ward as an injury replacement.
Cole has been with Western Sydney since the club formed and he has featured in a variety of positions.
The 30-year old has been a regular for the Wanderers this season, making 14 of a possible 18 appearances in the A-League.
Cole will find out on Monday if he needs surgery.
“The bone takes six weeks,” he said.
“The good thing is my legs are in tact so fitness will come back easier.”