Muscat could not complete training of Wednesday (18/3) after damaging his AC joint, and injury which Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick said should not keep him out for more than a week.
“I’d say it’s only a one-wwek type injury. If he was a rugby player, of course he’d be back in this week,” the coach commented on the injury problem. Many is tough, he played on through his injury. It is a very painful injury but he will only be out for a week,” claimed Merrick.
Currently, there are some rumors on the selection front for Wellington Phoenix ahead of its Round 22 match of A-League against Brisbane Roar. It is interesting to note that despite Manny Muscat ruling out, a host of other players returning back on the pitch.
Muscat has a shoulder problem, which he sustained in last Saturday’s (14/3) 2-1 win over the Glory in Perth. He played on until the 69th minute at nib Stadium before being substituted for Michael Boxali. The ailment is not thought to be serious, and he may only miss one week. By this condition more or less has given another headache to the coach.
The left-back defender is likely to be covered by a switch for Louis Fenton, with Michael Boxall inserted at right back. However, the coach would not rule out promoting Tom Doyle who has just recovered. In a spot of a good news for Merrick, Nathan Burns and Alex Rodriguez who missed the game in Perth for sustaining hip and hamstring injury problem.
“There is a lot of life about the place, everyone wants to make himself available.” Merrick said.
Meanwhile, the situation that the club and the coach should deal with could have been even worse if midfield star Roly Bonevacia had accepted a call-up from Curacao. He was flattered at being selected for Curacao’s World Cup qualifier against Montserrat in Willemstead. And recently, Merrick confirmed that the midfielder has turned down the invitation to play for the Caribbean island nation.
“Roly’s decided at the moment he is going to represent our squad and hopefully get into the finals,” Merrick said. “So he is prioritized his future,” he commented, concerning the fact that Curacao ranked 160th in the world. However, Bonevacia actually has not closed the door on representing Curacao in the future.
Following their trip to Brisbane, the Phoenix will host Sydney FC on Sunday (29/3), which shapes as a tricky contest as Wellington may be shorn of at least seven players due to international commitments.