Middleby out of Sydney FC's match versus Persik

Sydney FC has ruled out Robbie Middleby for its AFC Champions League Group E game against Persik Kediri after the club's Players' Player of the Season did not recover from his hamstring injury in time for the trip.

Sydney FC has ruled out Robbie Middleby for its AFC Champions League Group E game against Persik Kediri after the club's Players' Player of the Season did not recover from his hamstring injury in time for the trip.

With Middleby and Mark Milligan unavailable because of injury and suspension respectively, Ruben Zadkovich is likely to line up at right back for Sydney FC versus the Indonesian champions in Solo City on Wednesday.

Persik was the only one of Sydney FC's AFC Champions League Group E rivals not to record a domestic win on the weekend. Pelita Jaya held Persik to a 2-2 draw in Kediri, whereas Shanghai Shenhua (1-0 away to Shenzhen Kingway) and Urawa Reds (2-1 at home to Jubilo Iwata) registered victories in their local leagues.

Sydney FC squad: Clint Bolton, Iain Fyfe, Nikolas Tsattalios, Mark Rudan, Noel Spencer, Ufuk Talay, Ruben Zadkovich, David Zdrilic, Steve Corica, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, David Carney, Alex Brosque, Terry McFlynn, Adam Casey, Luka Glavas, Dean Bouzanis.