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.
Terrible injury overwhelms Evergrande. Diamanti didn't go to Melbourne with team, and now Rong Hao was injured as well. — GZ Evergrande News (@cantonfcnews) April 14, 2014
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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