December 27, 2012
Glory's Thwaite injured in Wanderers draw
Perth Glory defender Michael Thwaite will miss up to four weeks of A-League action after tearing his calf in Thursday night's 1-1 draw with Western Sydney at Patersons Stadium.
Thwaite felt a pop in his right calf while preparing to jump for a header in the 77th minute, with subsequent scans on Friday confirming he had suffered a tear that would take three to four weeks to heal.
The 29-year-old has played a key role for the Glory in defence this season, with his excellent form resulting in a Socceroos call-up for the recent East Asian Cup qualifying campaign.
Glory coach Ian Ferguson said Thwaite's absence would open the door for Steve Pantelidis to return to the starting line-up.
"Thwaite has been a rock up the back for us, him and Bas (van den Brink)," Ferguson said.
"He's been great all season. Missing his experience is obviously going to be a blow.
"But Panta's a big-time player. He's come in before and done a great job for us. I have no qualms throwing him in there at all."
Glory winger Travis Dodd (knee) is only a 50-50 chance to return for Monday night's clash with ladder-leading Central Coast at Bluetongue Stadium, but left back Scott Jamieson is available after serving his one-match ban.
The Mariners will be without three key players against the Glory after John Hutchinson and Tomas Rogic were handed red cards in Thursday night's 1-0 loss to Sydney, and striker Daniel McBreen picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.
|Perth Glory||Western Sydney FC|
|1 Daniel Vukovic||1 Ante Covic|
|3 Bas Van den Brink||11 Tarek Elrich|
|8 Dean Heffernan||5 Michael Beauchamp|
|23 Michael Thwaite||4 Nikolai ToporStanley|
|19 Joshua Risdon||2 Shannon Cole|
|10 Liam Miller||23 Jason Trifiro|
|7 Jacob Burns||13 Leo Gibbs|
|12 Ryo Nagai||8 Mateo Poljak|
|9 Shane Smeltz||7 Labinot Haliti|
|14 Steven McGarry||10 Aaron Mooy|
|17 Chris Harold||14 Kwabena Appiah-Kubi|
|30 Lewis Italiano||Jerrad Tyson 20|
|11 Adrian Zahara||Reece Caira 15|
|6 Nick Ward||Mark Bridge 19|
|4 Billy Mehmet||Dino Kresinger 9|
|Billy Mehmet for Chris Harold (62)||Dino Kresinger for Kwabena Appiah-Kubi (67)|
|Nick Ward for Michael Thwaite (79)||Mark Bridge for Labinot Haliti (70)|
|Reece Caira for Jason Trifiro (76)|
|Liam Miller (36)||Tarek Elrich (19)|
|Bas Van den Brink (87)||Michael Beauchamp (45)|
|Billy Mehmet (90)||Aaron Mooy (47)|
|Shannon Cole (83)|
|· Squads: Perth Glory | Western Sydney FC|