Steve Kean has provided an update on Melbourne Victory’s sidelined players ahead of Thursday’s match against Macarthur FC at AAMI Park.
Marco Rojas and Ryan Shotton continue to recover from injuries sustained earlier in the season, while Callum McManaman and Ben Folami will both miss Victory’s next game after recently being assessed.
McManaman scored the equaliser in Victory’s 1-1 draw with Central Coast Mariners on Sunday but the winger picked up a knock in the process.
“On one of his crosses he rolled his ankle a little bit, which is not as bad as the one in Adelaide,” said Kean.
“Unfortunately, the scan has shown some damage there so he will miss the next ten days and maybe slightly longer.
“He will miss the Macarthur and Perth game.”
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Victory’s in-form forward missed the action at AAMI Park after tweaking a muscle in Saturday’s pre-match training session.
“Folami had a tight groin and there were a couple of torn muscle fibres in there,” confirmed Kean.
“With that type of injury, if he played and opened it up more, we’d end up losing him for a number of weeks which we can’t afford to do.
“He is unavailable for Thursday but has a big chance of playing Sunday,” Kean added.
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Victory playmaker, Rojas, has been unavailable since February after suffering a fractured fibula against Wellington Phoenix.
“He’s coming back from what was effectively a broken leg,” Kean said.
“When I last spoke to him, he was hopeful that the supporters would see him before the end of the season but that depends on the calcification on the bone.
“Hopefully we see him back on the pitch soon, but it won’t be in the next couple of weeks.”
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Melbourne’s defence has been without the presence of Shotton since the Club’s away trip to Gosford in March.
The defender will begin strength and conditioning training later this week as he continues his recovery.
“From there it’s about exposing him to some high-speed running. That’s when his work becomes more functional – twisting, turning and ball work,” Kean said.
“We’re hoping he can take part in full training in the next seven to ten days.”