Melbourne City sign French winger

Melbourne City have signed French winger Harry Novillo on an injury replacement contract for Damien Duff until the end of the A-League season.

The 23-year-old flew into Melbourne on Monday night and joined his new teammates in training on Tuesday morning at the City Football Academy in Melbourne.

A product of the youth system at French Ligue 1 side Lyon, Novillo is a powerful right-footed winger who can provide versatility in Melbourne City FC’s final third.

Novillo can play as either a right or left winger and has earned caps for France’s U17 and U19 national sides.

His most recent club was Clermont in France’s second tier, Ligue 2, but his career commenced at Lyon, where he made his professional debut in 2010 in a Ligue 1 match against Monaco.

City coach John van’t Schip said Novillo was an important replacement for the sidelined Duff.

“Harry has proven experience playing at a high level as a winger in France and we are confident that he will help us for the remainder of the A-League season,” van’t Schip said.

Duff, 35, suffered a freak double injury following a tackle by Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna.

Scans revealed the Irish international sustained a rupture calf tendon and ankle ligament damage resulting in a lengthy layoff and bringing an abrupt end to his A-League career.

Novillo will be available for selection against Central Coast Mariners this Sunday pending his visa and international clearance.

Novillo will wear jersey number 9.