Leckie suffers injury blow

Socceroo Mathew Leckie is facing a race against time to be fit for new club FC Ingolstadt’s German 2.Bundesliga season opener against St Pauli on Saturday.

Leckie, who impressed plenty of observers with his performances for Australia at the 2014 World Cup, has had his pre-season interrupted by an abdominal injury.

The 23-year-old attacker looked dangerous in last week’s 2-1 pre-season friendly win over FC Nurnberg. However, he missed Saturday’s 2-0 triumph over Koln due to the injury and now is battling to be fit for the opening weekend of the season.

Leckie joined Audi-backed Ingolstadt from FSV Frankfurt on a three-year deal for a little over AU$1 million early in the off-season.

The ex-Adelaide United man impressed in 2013-14 with FSV, scoring 11 goals and providing eight assists.

Meanwhile, in other Socceroos news from Germany, Robbie Kruse may have returned to action after seven months out with an ACL injury on Sunday, but he won’t play in Bayer Leverkusen’s friendly against FC Seoul in Korea on Wednesday.

And Borussia Dortmund’s Australian shot-stopper Mitchell Langerak will wear the number 22 shirt in 2014-15, not the number 20 which has worn throughout his previous four years at the club.

New signing Adrian Ramos, a Colombian striker from Hertha Berlin, takes the number 20 shirt.