Franjic out indefinitely for City due to heart inflammation

Melbourne City and Australia defender Ivan Franjic has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering from a virus causing inflammation in the "area surrounding his heart".

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The A-League club released a statement on Tuesday night, in a cruel blow to the 28 year-old's immediate future - particularly after Wednesday's Socceroos' squad announcement for their upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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"The virus has caused inflammation in the area surrounding his heart and subsequently the player has discontinued training," City said in a statement.

"Franjic is currently under the care and assessment of a specialist cardiologist who has advised that he will make a full recovery."

Capped 20 times for the Socceroos, Franjic played 18 games for City during their 2015-2016 A-League campaign.

Franjic's condition comes after former Sydney FC starlet Chris Naumoff, 21, was forced into a premature, immediate retirement only last month, due to a genetic heart condition.



While Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri was also forced to miss the majority of last season due to an inflammatory condition affecting part of his brain.




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Published 17 August 2016 at 11:00am
By Patrick Nugent