Football: Del Piero won't meet Phoenix

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.


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