Defender Safuwan Baharudin has returned to his native Singapore after a back injury ruled out the remainder of his season with A-League side Melbourne City.
The 23-year-old left Australia on Friday after three months with the City Financial Group-owned club.
“Melbourne City can confirm that it has released Singaporean international Safuwan Baharudin,” Melbourne City said in a statement.
“Safuwan will return home to Singapore in order to arrive for treatment and before the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) transfer window closes next week.”
The former LionsXII starlet became the first Singaporean footballer to sign for a professional club in Australia when he received a three-month loan on the back of his impressive form at a mid-season training camp in Abu Dhabi.
Under John van ‘t Schip’s guidance, Safuwan made six appearances, scoring two goals and helping the team to secure a place in next month’s Final Series.