Rhys Coleman Williams all but out of World Cup as club confirm he needs surgery

Rhys Coleman Williams all but out of World Cup as club confirm he needs surgery

Middlesbrough defender very likely to miss the rest of the season and selection for the Socceroos’ World Cup squad

theguardian.com, Thursday 30 January 2014 22.59 GMT

Rhys Williams: World Cup heartbreak.
Rhys Williams: World Cup heartbreak. Photograph: Ben Queenborough/BPI/REX

Socceroo Rhys Williams will almost certainly miss this year’s World Cup, with his club Middlesbrough confirming the defender needs surgery on his injured achilles tendon.

The 25-year-old sustained the injury during Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Wigan in the English Championship on Tuesday.

A tearful Williams was treated on the football pitch before being taken to hospital for further examination.

Middlesbrough confirmed on their official website the injury was serious and required surgery that will rule him out for the remainder of the football eason and in all likelihood Australia’s World Cup campaign beginning in June.

“He will visit a specialist in London this week and is likely to miss the rest of the season,” a statement read.

Williams, who has 14 caps for Australia, appeared a certain selection for the World Cup after featuring in the Socceroos’ friendly against Costa Rica in November.

The West Australian missed the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa with a serious pelvic injury.

Williams was reportedly on the verge of signing a multi-million dollar deal with Premier League outfit Swansea City this week. That move is now also in severe doubt because of the injury.

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