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Former West Ham, Bologna midfielder Diamanti to miss Melbourne Victory clash

Alessandro Diamanti is set to miss Guangzhou Evergrande's Asian Champions League clash with Melbourne Victory on Tuesday night.

The Italian midfielder, formerly of Premier League club West Ham United, did not make the trip from China to Melbourne for the fifth matchday of Asian's premier club competition which is a major blow to the reigning Asian and Chinese champions.

A post on Twitter from GZ Evergrande News suggested that Diamanti would be absent from the Group G fixture which takes place at the Etihad Stadium. China international Rong Hao would also miss according to the tweet.

Since joining Guangzhou from Italian club Bologna, Diamanti has scored one goal in five Chinese Super League outings as well as three in four ACL appearances.

Guangzhou currently sit on top of Group G with seven points from their four matches while the Victory, who book their spot in the A-League finals, are third on four points and in desperate need of a win to be any chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

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