Leckie set for stint on the sidelines

Socceroo Mathew Leckie is set for a stint on the sidelines as his club FC Ingolstadt 04 seeks to resolve his persistent abdominal injury.

Leckie has been ruled out of at least the club’s next two matches, including Monday’s DFB Pokal clash away to Kickers Offenbach, after failing to train all week.

The 2014 World Cup star will undergo a private rehabilitation and fitness program as Ingolstadt attempts to get him fully fit after an interrupted start to the season.

The Australian had been in doubt for Ingolstadt’s 2.Bundesliga season opener against St Pauli a fortnight ago but got through 72 minutes, before playing 20 minutes off the bench against Darmstadt.

"This is always a difficult situation,” Ingolstadt boss Ralph Hasenhuttl told the Donau Kurier.

“The player always wants more than is good for him and you have to slow him down.

“Mathew must resolve his problems and then work on the basics.”

Leckie, 23, was late to link up with Ingolstadt in pre-season following his World Cup commitments.

He joined the squad on their Austrian pre-season camp and only managed three weeks training before the start of the season.

“To go from zero to 100 was too much for him after his brief vacation,” Husenhuttl added.

Leckie, who impressed many observers in his three starts at the World Cup, is seen as a key figure for the Socceroos at the 2015 Asian Cup which starts in January.

The former Adelaide United man scored 11 goals and provided eight assists for FSV Frankfurt in 2.Bundesliga last term, before his switch to Ingolstadt.