Celtic defender Jack Hendry’s season could very well be over after the A-League announced it was postponing its matches for the foreseeable future.
They have announced on social media that the situation will be reviewed in the coming weeks, with a “formal status assessment” penciled in for April 22nd.
Football Federation Australia has announced a postponement of the final rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season, effective immediately.
— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) March 23, 2020
Hendry is currently on loan with Melbourne City, who looked certain to make the playoffs. They played their last match behind closed doors in a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle Jets yesterday.
However, the Celtic defender is still recovering from surgery after tearing his medial collateral ligament seven weeks ago (BBC)
Two ways to look at things
It could very well be the case that Hendry’s season is over. Considering matters in Australia don’t look like getting better anytime soon, it’s highly unlikely a decision next month would be a positive one.
Hendry would’ve been hoping to have forced his way into the team before May’s playoff matches. Therefore, if the season in Oz ends up being scrapped, it could rob him of a potential title-success.
At the same time, Melbourne City still have five final matches scheduled before the playoffs. If the season is pushed back, it gives Hendry more time to recover and potentially be ready for those games instead. That would give him much more playing time than just a couple of playoff games at the end of the season would.
Of course, that would likely require permission from Celtic to extend his loan deal. If Hendry is to return to Parkhead in June, it could be the case that the centre-back’s contract doesn’t cover the end of the campaign.
As things stand, there’s no reason to bring Hendry back anytime soon. Game-time is what he needs, and there’s still a small chance that the campaign could end in the coming months.
However, at the moment, it looks as though his season could be over given the A-League’s drastic move last night.