Moore may miss Roar's biggest ever match

January 15, 2008

Queensland Roar coach Frank Farina is preparing to be without skipper Craig Moore for what he believes is the biggest match in the A-League club's history.

Moore suffered a groin strain in the Roar's 0-0 draw with Sydney FC in Brisbane on Sunday and is receiving extensive treatment from Roar physio Tony Ganter in an effort to be fit for Sunday's match against Adelaide United.

A win at Hindmarsh Stadium would almost assure the Roar of the minor premiership, with Queensland two goals ahead of their nearest rivals in the four-way tie at the top of the league ladder.

The veteran fullback's injury is causing disruption to the Roar's preparations for the must-win match, as is Brisbane's wet weather, with Wednesday's training session moved at late notice due to a water logged pitch at the club's usual base.

Farina said Moore will be given every chance to overcome the injury before the team travels to Adelaide on Saturday.

"The plan was always going to be to rest Craig through the week and nurse him through to give him every chance to be ready for Sunday," he said after training.

"At this stage I haven't spoken to Tony Ganter ... we'll just have to wait and see.

"It would be a loss for us, but we've had games throughout the season where through injury or suspension Craig has been unavailable."

With the Roar's trophy cabinet still empty, Farina sees the Adelaide match as the biggest moment in the club's history.

"Without doubt, in the three years of the club's existence, it's by far the biggest game that the club has seen," he said.

"Probably the biggest game that a lot of our players would have ever had."

"We've got a chance to secure the premiership and, trust me when I say, that opportunity doesn't come along too often in your careers."