World Cup fears for injured Good

Aussie centre back Curtis Good is set for a month on the sidelines after straining his hip flexor in the Socceroos loss to Ecuador.

Good confirmed to FourFourTwo that he injured his iliopsoas and is expected to be out of action for around four weeks. The defender made his senior debut for the national team in the 4-3 defeat by Ecuador at the Den last week.

However, Good remains positive that will he return in time to feature for his club Dundee United before the end of the European season, and that his World Cup ambitions won’t be unduly harmed.

The Scottish side plays its last regular league match against Celtic on April 5 but also has cup ties to play. At the 33rd match mark the Scottish Premiership will split into two sections of six teams each, depending on positioning on the league table, with teams playing every other team in their section once.

Good said he is hopeful of getting in five or six games before the season finally ends.

“I will definitely be back,” he said. “Probably when the league splits in two.”

The 20-year old will stay in Newcastle for his initial rehabilitation and then return to Dundee sometime over the next two weeks.

Good, who is loan at Dundee United from Newcastle, impressed in his first performance in the green and gold.

The defender said he believed Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou was happy with his display in London, and that he was relieved he is not facing a longer stint out of action.

“I think he was happy,” Good said. “Thought we were brilliant in the first half so we can build on that. It’s good news under the circumstances [with the injury], but it’s not ideal.”