April 7, 2013
Roar trio in doubt for Wanderers semi
Brisbane Roar could lose three key players to injury because of a short turnaround for their A-League semi-final against Western Sydney Wanderers.
But Roar coach Mike Mulvey refused to criticise the scheduling of the semi-final, despite conceding it could cost him players.
The defending champion Roar ended Adelaide United's season with an ominous 2-1 away triumph in Sunday's elimination final.
But influential midfielder Thomas Broich, goalscorer Luke Brattan and defender Jack Hingert all suffered game-ending injuries in the Hindmarsh Stadium victory.
The trio face a race against time to overcome their ailments for a Friday night semi-final against the Wanderers.
The other semi-final between Central Coast and Melbourne Victory will be played on Sunday.
Mulvey said the day's difference between the semi-finals could prove decisive for the chances of his injured players fronting against the Wanderers.
"In those cases, it might have helped," Mulvey said of an extra day's rest.
"But from a playing perspective ... I have got no problems in terms of fitness, the mental state, the preparation, the style of things. We will have no problems being ready for Friday night.
"It's just on those particular injuries that a day (extra) might have helped."
Broich suffered a corked achilles tendon and was substituted at halftime.
Hingert limped off as his right ankle swelled "like a balloon", Mulvey said. "The game might come too quickly for him on Friday," he said.
And Brattan, who drove the first nail in Adelaide's coffin with a long-range goal in the 27th minute, limped off late after suffering a knock to his calf.
Brattan's strike was followed by a goal from industrious midfielder Ivan Franjic just before half-time.
Adelaide, outplayed and outclassed, never threatened until an 89th minute goal from Dario Vidosic raised false hopes of an escape.
"We conceded two goals that shouldn't happen in finals," dejected Adelaide caretaker coach Michael Valkanis said.
Valkanis refused to publicly comment on whether he would now apply for the permanent coaching job at Adelaide for next season.
But with two wins from 10 games since being appointed interim coach when John Kosmina quit, Valkanis appears at long odds to be the next full-time coach of the Reds.
|Adelaide United||Brisbane Roar|
|1 Eugene Galekovic||1 Michael Theoklitos|
|3 Nigel Boogaard||3 Shane Stefanutto|
|5 Iain Fyfe||19 Jack Hingert|
|6 Cassio||5 Ivan Franjic|
|4 Jon McKain||15 James Donachie|
|17 Iain Ramsay||17 Mitch Nichols|
|10 Dario Vidosic||14 Steven Lustica|
|2 Osama Malik||18 Luke Brattan|
|8 Marcelo Carrusca||13 Jade North|
|11 Bruce Djite||22 Thomas Broich|
|21 Jeronimo Neumann||7 Besart Berisha|
|29 Kwame Yeboah|
|20 Paul Izzo|
|12 Anthony Golec||Matt Acton 20|
|22 Fabio Ferreira||Massimo Murdocca 8|
|19 Bark-Dogg||Ben Halloran 11|
|25 Tomislav Juric||Stefan Nijland 9|
|Tomislav Juric for Jeronimo Neumann (66)||Massimo Murdocca for Luke Brattan (87)|
|Fabio Ferreira for Iain Ramsay (47)||Stefan Nijland for Jack Hingert (67)|
|Ben Halloran for Thomas Broich (47)|
|Cassio (90)||Stefan Nijland (76)|
|Tomislav Juric (86)||Steven Lustica (61)|
|Marcelo Carrusca (79)||Luke Brattan (39)|
|Fabio Ferreira (73)|
|Iain Fyfe (57)|
|Jeronimo Neumann (32)|
|· Squads: Adelaide United | Brisbane Roar|