Hersi ruled out of Wanderers' clash
Western Sydney's key midfielder Youssouf Hersi has been ruled out of his side's A-League clash with Adelaide United on Friday.
Hersi suffered a foot injury in last week's derby win over Sydney FC and needed to be replaced at half-time before leaving Allianz Stadium on crutches.
The pacy right winger, who has been sporting a moon-boot all week, has been cleared of any serious injury with scans confirming just bone bruising.
"The main thing is that there is no serious damage but ... it's quite severe bruising and it hasn't quite settled enough," coach Tony Popovic said ahead of training on Thursday.
"We're happy with how he's progressing but he won't be available tomorrow."
Hersi has been an important player for the Wanderers, with the side undefeated in all 20 games the Ethiopian-born Dutchman has played in since round seven last season.
New recruit Brendon Santalab, Tahj Minniecon or Shannon Cole could all come in to take Hersi's place for the Pirtek Stadium encounter, with Popovic to make a decision after their final training session on Thursday.
"We've got a few options there, a few boys that have put their hand up for that role," Popovic said.
"So we'll have a final look today and make a decision."
Midfielder and dead-ball specialist Aaron Mooy has been declared fit after missing last week's clash with concussion.