Melbourne Victory captain Muscat ruled out for up to a month

Melbourne Victory skipper Kevin Muscat has been ruled out for at least four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Melbourne Victory skipper Kevin Muscat has been ruled out for at least four weeks with a hamstring injury.

The 36-year old limped from the pitch in the Victory’s opening round loss to Central Coast Mariners on Thursday night and it has been confirmed that he has a small tear in his left hamstring.

However, Muscat (who played every minute of every game last season), is confident he can come back and have an impact for the Victory.

"I'm pretty confident that doing the rehab and giving it 100 per cent, that I'll come back and have an influence on the majority of the season," Muscat said.

"I'm hoping to come back a lot sooner. But I've obviously got to do my rehab. I've got full confidence in my medical staff here and last season I had a hamstring tear and missed four weeks and played every game after that."

Victory football operations manager Gary Cole said Muscat has a good record of recovering well from soft-tissue injuries.

"This is a new injury, similar to last year, where he had a small tear in the pre-season, and he recovered to play every minute of every game," Cole said.

"We expect him to be out for around four to six weeks. Hopefully back for the Newcastle game in Melbourne. We just look forward to Kevin having the same leadership role with the club. He adds such great value to the team on or off the field."