Brisbane striker Jamie Maclaren left the training track this morning after suffering some tightness in his right hamstring. As his teammates completed the session, Maclaren sat on the sideline as he iced the troublesome hamstring.
The injury places his participation in Saturday’s game against Perth Glory, in what would have been his first return to his former club after departing the West Australian side in the off-season.
Maclaren has been in excellent form this season for Brisbane with 11 goals this season in 15 games this season, a record which sees him sit third on the A-League Golden Boot standings.
Brisbane’s record without Maclaren isn’t pretty reading with just one win in four games without their star striker, a result that came way back in round six also against Perth Glory.
Should Maclaren miss the match, it would be highly likely that Henrique would get another chance in the starting line-up, with Devante Clut getting a long awaited chance in the squad on the bench.
Henrique himself has been in the news this week following reports he was seeking a move to Thai Premier League side Suphanburi, with the Roar refusing to let him leave in the middle of the season. That news places doubts on the Brazilians long term future at the Roar, but that could change again now he’s got another chance to start.
The match-up seems to be a good one for Henrique, whose netted five goals all up against the Glory, a record which includes two in two against Perth this season, and four goals in his past five games over the past two seasons..
Maclaren would join an injury list that includes Shane Stefanutto –Groin-, Jerome Polenz –Quadriceps- and Jean Carlos Solórzano –Thigh-.
Via Marco: Brisbane Roar are set to be without Goalkeeper Michael Theo and striker Jean Carlos Solórzano for next Tuesday’s FFA Cup Round of 32 clash with Western Sydney Wanderers down in Penrith. The duo both missed last months 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
Theo, who made just four competitive appearances last season due to a serious wrist injury is being left out, with the coaching staff opting for a more conservative approach in order to make sure he doesn’t re-injure the wrist. It’s likely that Theo will return to action via the pre-season games which were confirmed yesterday.
Solórzano meanwhile missed the Liverpool clash with a foot injury is far less certain to feature in the pre-season, while missing the first game is also a possibility.
Jamie Young will once again play in goals for the Roar, while new signing Jamie Maclaren will be expected to deliver the goals in the absence of Solórzano.
Brisbane’s young chargers will also get another chance to impress on the big stage, with Young Roar goalkeeper Denver Crickmore likely to be seated on the bench for the clash. One of the club’s young forwards like Abrahim Yango, Shannon Brady or Nicholas D’Agostino are also likely to get their chance off the bench.
Via ABC: Brisbane’s already depleted depth will be tested further with reportsthat left back Shane Stefanutto left training this morning with a hamstring strain. The injury occurred in what is a conditioning session for the Roar, with Mulvey uncertain of how serious the injury is. “Our conditioning sessions are pretty tribal. We push the players to the edge,” he said. “I am not sure what happened to him (Shane) at the moment but he is in there seeing the physio. “Injuries are part and parcel of football and test the depth of your team. “We are in a situation where we have to call on people who have not been playing on a regular basis.
It’s unknown as of yet how long the veteran fullback will be out for, but he adds to what is a lengthy injury list now consisting of Stefanutto, Berisha, Danning, Miller and Lambadaridis. Adding to the issue is a virus which has gone through the club, with in form Ivan Franjic the latest to be struck down with the virus, missing training today, and Brattan is no certainty to play. Corey Brown is the obvious replacement for Stefanutto and there probably wont be much of a drop of playing wise, the leadership and experience of an in form Stefanutto will be missed however. That young depth of Jackson, Borrello, Clut, Yeboah and Liftin will be needed this weekend by the look of it.
Via Marco: Brisbane’s General Manager Sean Dobson has confirmed that there will be no additions to the squad despite injuries to four of the clubs twenty first team listed players. In addition to Berisha (hamstring) and Miller (calf), both George Lambadaridis and Kofi Danning are also out with knee injuries. Then there’s Luke Brattan who is unlikely to train this week after picking up a tibia injury on Friday.
“We’re going forward with our young Queenslanders and happy to give them and Devante, who has come up from Sydney, the chance.” Dobson cited youngsters Brandon Borrello, Devante Clut, Kwame Yeboah and Ben Liftin as players who are capable of stepping up. Yeboah of course is already in the squad, while Borrello and Clut were amongst the best from the youth team at the weekend.
Tbh there isn’t a great deal of surprise in this, Brisbane under the current regime have intimated time and again they don’t see short term fixes and marquee signings as the answer. This weekend Diogo Ferreira will likely start in the midfield –after 90 minutes in the youth team on Saturday- with Yeboah maintaining his place upfront.
Via Marco: Brisbane Roar could be without their new Irish import Liam Miller for next weekendsclash against Melbourne Heart with a calf strain. He’ll undergo scans on Monday to assess the damage however club physio Tim Oostenbroek thinks that the midfielder could be out for a month. Oostenbroek said that Miller felt a ‘ping in his calf’, before being substituted just after an hour of last night’s loss to Melbourne. “Liam’s a little bit more of a problem, “I’d expect that it would probably keep him sidelined for a month.”
In further injury news, Luke Brattan figures to be available for selection next Sunday after it was confirmed that he received a knock on his tibia. Oostenbroek said that Brattan should be back training within a few days and with a 10 days between games he should be fine for Sunday. He did however pour cold water on the prospects of Besart Berisha returning to the side for the game saying, “He won’t be available, we need to make sure that when Bes comes back he’s in the best possible shape.”
Going into the season the question regarding Brisbane was around the depth around the first team squad, and were getting an early glimpse into that depth. Petratos, Ferreira, Yeboah and Brown all seem likely to get regular first team appearances over the next few weeks, hopefully they take their opportunities.
Via: ABC Grandstand. Besart Berisha could miss an extra game with his hamstring injury, with the Albanian striker definitely out of the game tomorrow against the Victory. Now it’s emerged that he could also miss Sunday weeks game against Melbourne Heart back here in Brisbane.
It could simply be a precautionary thing, but at this stage of theseason, it’s for the best that Besart gets himself 100% healthy for the bigger games later in the campaign, especially after he rushed back last season from injury. Brisbane played the Heart without him last season, and lost 4-1 in what former boss Rado Vidosic called ‘garbage’. A lot has changed since then however. Obviously Berisha is a massive loss, and it would again be left to the likes of Henrique, Petratos and Yeboah to try and fill the void.
Brisbane Roar striker Besart Berisha will miss Friday nights game against Melbourne Victory with a hamstring tear. The Albanian striker went for scans today after being substituted after just 25 minutes of the 4-0 win over Sydney FC. It’s expected that Berisha will be fit for the Round 4 clash against Melbourne Heart at Suncorp Stadium.
Berisha has been an absolutely vital cog in his time with Brisbane, scoring an impressive 37 goals from 59 games since his arrival from Armenia Bielefeld in 2011. Further to that, Brisbane have a poor record when they’re without the striker, losing two of three games without him, including the 4-1 thrashing by Heart early last season. We’ll have more later in the week about how Brisbane might go about replacing Berisha for this weekend.
Brisbane Roar without Besart Berisha (2011-Current)
Round 19 2011-12: Brisbane Roar 0-1 Newcastle Jets
Round 6 2011-12: Melbourne Heart 4-1 Brisbane Roar
Round 18 2011-12: Perth Glory 0-1 Brisbane Roar