16 Mar 2010

Aloisi out of A-League Grand Final

7:54 am on 16 March 2010

Sydney FC has been dealt a major blow ahead of Saturday's A-League football grand final with key striker John Aloisi ruled out with a torn hamstring.

Aloisi sustained the injury during Saturday night's 4-2 win over the Wellington Phoenix in the preliminary final.

The injury might mean the end of Aloisi's Sydney FC career with the forward out of contract and linked to a move to start-up club Melbourne Heart next season.

Chris Payne, who scored the "hand ball" goal against Phoenix on Saturday night, is expected to start in place of Aloisi.