Socceroo defender Ivan Franjic has described his devastation at being before ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with injury.
Franjic picked up hamstring injury in the second half of Australia’s 3-1 loss to Chile in Cuiaba and will now fly back to Australia shortly for further treatment.
“It’s devastating,” he said. “You work so hard to get to a World Cup and then 50 minutes into the World Cup it you’re dream’s over. It’s disappointing but the boys have my full support and I’ll be backing them 100% of the way.”
Franjic said he was fine in the lead up to the World Cup but knew he would be out when he jumped for the ball in the second half.
“I looked back during the week where I could have gone wrong, but I just can’t pick a point or a moment,” he said.
“I knew straight away when I jumped in the air. I felt a slight twinge. Once I came down I knew I couldn’t continue. Obviously the physio came on and tried to do a few tests but nothing seem to work.
“I thought there might be a glimmer of hope that it might only be grade one and I could be back in seven to 10 days. But when I woke up the next morning I knew my World Cup was over.
“Everyone back in Australia, family, friends and supporters of football have been messaging me on social media and the support has been overwhelming and I really appreciate it.”
The Brisbane Roar fullback said it was unbelievable experience to play in a World Cup.
“I wish everyone could experience the feeling to represent your country and sing the anthem and play in a World Cup,” Franjic said.
“But, obviously the first 15 minutes we started really slow, there was a lot of nerves getting around. Once we settled in it just showed how far this country’s come in the football terms. At times we played Chile off the pitch.”
Franjic said he believes the Socceroos can progress past the group stage of this World Cup. The 26-year old described his cross for Tim Cahill’s goal as probably the best of his career.
“When I tackled the guy I knew I could push it in front of him, it fell to Leckie and he put it back to me, and I saw Tim get the post and I know how good he is in the air,” Franjic said.
“If you give Timmy the service he’s going to score the goals. Luckily enough it was a good ball in his direction and Timmy did the rest.”