Western Sydney Wanderers dealt injury blow with star facing extended layoff

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Western Sydney Wanderers forward Marcus Antonsson will be sidelined for the next eight weeks due to an ankle injury.

The Wanderers will be without Antonsson for two months after he sustained ligament damage in last week’s 1-0 loss away to reigning Isuzu UTE A-League champions Central Coast Mariners, meaning he will also miss the Sydney Derby on March 2.

Antonsson hobbled off at Industree Group Stadium in Gosford, where the Swede hurt his ankle following a challenge by Jacob Farrell on Sunday.

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The 32-year-old has scored five goals in 17 appearances, having joined Western Sydney ahead of the 2023-24 season. He also scored three goals in the Australia Cup.

The former Leeds United attacker, who previously played for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Malmo, arrived from Saudi outfit Al Adalah.

Western Sydney have lost two of their past three matches, and are winless in three games to sit sixth in the standings after 17 rounds, three points ahead of Melbourne City and 11 points adrift of league-leading Wellington Phoenix.