Aston Villa's Chris Herd has been ruled out of Australia's World Cup qualifier against Oman after injuring his foot in training.
Herd was hoping to make his Socceroos debut at Sydney's ANZ Stadium later this month, but a foot fracture which has sidelined the 23-year-old for five weeks, reared its head again in training, forcing Socceroos coach Holger Osieck to once again overlook the defender.
Herd has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
"It's pretty disappointing," Herd told theworldgame.com.au. "I was looking forward to playing a part in trying to help us stay in the Premier League and also hoping that I might have been called into the squad to face Oman.
"It's pretty gutting but these things happen in football and you have to just get on with it, stay positive and work on getting back to fitness.
This is not the first time injury has cruelled Herd's Socceroos ambition, but with Australia in a dog fight for a place at Brazil 2014, and his club fighting against relegation from the Premier League, this injury blow surely could not have come at a worse time.
"I am totally committed to hopefully one day playing for Australia. Injuries haven't helped me when I have been named in squads and I'll be cheering the boys on against Oman in what is a very important game.
"Hopefully I will get my chance at some stage because it's a huge ambition of mine to play for my country.
"Luck has been against me a little bit and I've had to pull out of squads.
"I was really hoping to be involved against Manchester City the other week but the foot just got sore again and it's a blow which I will just have to deal with.
"I'd love to be out there trying to do my bit for the club. But the boys are showing great fight and have given themselves a huge chance of staying up."