Reds set to stick with current squad

January 18, 2013
By Guy Hand

Adelaide United coach John Kosmina has ruled out an import quick-fix for his A-League side as it faces yet another injury to a key player.

Socceroo midfielder Dario Vidosic limped from the field in the Reds' uncharacteristically flat 2-0 away loss to Melbourne Heart on Friday with a hip injury.

The Reds were already without star import Marcelo Carrusca, winger Fabio Ferreira and striker Bruce Djite through injury, and released former A-League goalscoring machine Sergio van Dijk last week.

Van Dijk was the club's international marquee, and creates a vacancy for a high-quality visa player should the Reds want to fish for one in the January transfer window.

But Kosmina believes racing straight to the transfer market to replace Van Dijk with a foreign player of similar stature would be the wrong one.

He says with imports usually taking time to settle in the A-League, bringing someone into a top two side with less than half the season remaining could go wrong.

"We'll make do with what we've got for now," Kosmina said.

"It's always hard to bring someone, especially if you're looking at a foreigner, in now.

"You're probably inviting trouble. You're better off with a local. So do we bring anybody in? In three weeks or so we should be fairly healthy again."

Ferreira is set to resume training on Monday, with Carrusca and Djite likely to be at least a fortnight away from returning.

But Kosmina admitted the extent of Vidosic's injury could be cause for concern if it was worse than initially feared.

Outstanding this season, Vidosic copped two heavy knocks on his hip against the Heart and was substituted midway through the second half.

He looks to be in doubt for at least the Reds' top of the table clash with Central Coast Mariners next weekend.

"You've got to rely on a squad over the course of a season, not just one or two players," Kosmina said.

"Having said that, (losing) Dario would create a bit of a hole, because he can be so creative.

"He played pretty well until he got that bang (on the hip) and then he started to drift out of the game a little bit."