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Sydney FC's marquee man Alessandro Del Piero won't make the trip across the Tasman to meet the Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.
The Italian has been battling with a hamstring injury and the club tweeted today that the 38-year-old wasn't available for this weekend's game.
"ADP will miss the @SydneyFC clash with Wellington on Sunday. His fitness will be evaluated next week re the Derby @AllianzStadium on Dec 15," the club's official Twitter account posted.
Del Piero's withdrawal is a blow to the Sky Blues who sit at the bottom of the A-League ladder after nine rounds.
The former Juventus player made his debut for Sydney in Wellington during the opening round of the season in October when the Phoenix beat the A-League glamour club 2-0.
The Phoenix are unbeaten during their past three games but only 5405 people turned out to watch last weekend's dour 1-0 victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers in Wellington, and Del Piero's scratching will do nothing to boost this weekend's crowd figure.