Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri has been sidelined by an inflammatory condition affecting the brain.
Victory revealed the diagnosis which has kept the Australian international off the pitch since the end of last month.
The club said Valeri had responded well to early treatment although results of tests will not be known for at least another fortnight.
Club doctor Krishant Naidu told Victory’s website: "Carl developed a medical condition two weeks ago that affects his balance and coordination.
“He had a viral upper respiratory tract infection in the week leading up to this. Carl had a progressive loss of balance and coordination and became unable to train.
"He has had specialist reviews with an ear, nose and throat surgeon and a neurologist with extensive investigations.
"To date, these have revealed an inflammatory condition affecting part of his brain. The complete results of these tests will not be known for at least a further two weeks. These results will likely elucidate the exact nature of this illness.
"Carl has had treatment for the inflammation and has responded with improvement in his balance and coordination. Carl will reintegrate into training in a graduated program as he continues to improve."
Valeri has been inundated with messages of support during his absence, the club and captain thanking people for their well wishes.comments