Castro withdraws from squad ahead of season resumption


Perth Glory can confirm that Diego Castro has withdrawn from the squad which will complete the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season, citing health reasons relating to COVID-19.

The Glory skipper informed the club that he viewed his participation to be an unacceptable health risk for him and/or his family.

Glory CEO Tony Pignata said that the club respected Castro’s decision.

“It is very unfortunate that Diego will not be available for the remainder of the season,” he said, “but we understand this personal decision that he has come to after careful consideration.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Glory Football Director, Jacob Burns.

“Obviously we’re very disappointed to have lost a player and leader of Diego’s quality,” he said, “but his absence will create an opportunity for other members of what is a strong, versatile squad united in its aim to build upon last season’s historic success.”

Glory are set to return to action on Saturday when they take on Central Coast Mariners in Gosford (kick-off at 3pm WST).