Leckie lucky to escape serious injury

Socceroo Mathew Leckie appears to have escaped serious injury following a bizarre incident which forced him to be replaced in FSV Frankfurt’s weekend game.

The in-form Australian was substituted on 63 minutes as FSV drew 0-0 with Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday, after landing awkwardly on his ankle.

Leckie jumped in the air in frustration after a poor pass but bent his right ankle on landing. The former Adelaide United man immediately required treatment and was replaced four minutes later.

FSV physio Thomas Stubner told Bild: “The ankle is slightly swollen but he will be okay to train again on Monday.”

Leckie later underwent precautionary scans but it is understood there is no serious damage, although he will miss the midweek clash with Erzgebirge Aue.

FSV coach Benno Mohlmann said the circumstances of the injury were hard to believe, while Leckie added: “That's never happened to me.”

Leckie has been in red-hot form recently, netting winners in successive games for FSV, taking his season tally to eight goals.

He has also provided six assists to be one of the most effective attackers in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga.