Socceroos and AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Adam Federici will miss the remainder of the Premier League season with a knee injury, the club confirmed.
The 32-year-old damaged cartilage in his right knee during a recent training session and has since undergone surgery on the injury.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe backed the gloveman to pull through the injury and make an impact upon returning.
“It’s a real blow for us to lose Adam,” Howe told the club’s website.
“But knowing his character, he will dig deep and work hard to get back to fitness.
“As a club, we’ll be there to support him every step of the way.”
The injury means Federici will be forced out of March’s all-important World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and United Arab Emirates.
Federici has been a regular inclusion in Ange Postecoglou’s squads but will now be forced to look elsewhere, with in-form Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones a chance to be recalled.
Maty Ryan and Mitch Langerak are likely to be selected barring any sudden injury headaches.
The Socceroos will play Iraq on neutral territory in Tehran, Iran, and will face UAE a matter of days later in Sydney at Allianz Stadium.
Australia are currently third in AFC Group B, a point behind both Japan and Saudi Arabia.