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Adelaide lose Elsey for A-League season

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Steve Larkin

Adelaide United defender Jordan Elsey will miss the entire A-League season because of injury as the reigning champions edge closer to signing a Spanish top-flight striker.

Elsey has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will be sidelined for about 12 months, a club spokesman says.

The 22-year-old also suffered the same injury last year before returning to action during Adelaide's title-winning A-League season.

But Spanish forward Sergi Guardiola has agreed in principle to a stint at Adelaide after his La Liga side Granada's move to release the 25-year-old on loan.

Guardiola, no relation to Spanish great and new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, is awaiting a visa to enter Australia and then would have medical testing at the Reds before signing.

Guardiola's pending signing would bolster an Adelaide attack depleted by off-season transfers.

Striker Bruce Djite (Suwon FC, Korea), attacking midfielder Stefan Mauk (NEC, Netherlands), forward Eli Babalj (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands) winger Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), attacker Bruce Kamau (Melbourne City) and forward Pablo Sanchez (released) have all departed since the Reds claimed their first A-League championship.

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