Stiff back rules Emerton out for Sydney FC

January 31, 2013
Sydney FC will have to beat Newcastle for the first time this season without Brett Emerton after the midfielder was ruled out of Saturday's A-League clash with back tightness.

The Socceroos veteran was officially scratched on Thursday although the club hopes he'll make a quick recovery after scans cleared him of a hamstring tear from last weekend's 3-1 loss to Melbourne Victory.

Yairo Yau will also miss the crucial clash at Hunter Stadium while on international duty for Panama.
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