Injury cruels Mitch Nichols' Asian Cup hopes
Nichols was named in Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou's provisional 46-man squad last week.
But with Asia’s premier tournament kicking off on January 9, even the best prognosis has the creative mid sidelined for six weeks.
Nichols was subbed off in last weekend's 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets and failed to make the park in Glory's 1-0 loss to Adelaide United in the inaugural FFA Cup final on Tuesday.
After a solid season so far, Nichols said he was disappointed to have been hit by the injury.
His absence has opened the door for Ruben Zadkovich to return to the starting eleven.
"It's frustrating to say the least and I really wanted to be part of the FFA Cup final and help the boys out,” Nichols said.
“However the medical team has assured me I should be back on my feet soon after the January break.
"I wish the boys the best of luck against the Mariners this Saturday and hope we can get a bumper crowd at nib Stadium and another three points to extend our lead at the top of the league.”
Glory are enjoying their strongest start to an A-League season and sit three points clear at the top of the ladder.