Thomas Kristensen of the Roar
Thomas Kristensen of the Roar GLENN HUNT

Roar gets positive news on injury front

BRISBANE Roar have received some encouraging news out of the wreckage of their 6-0 AFC Champions League loss to Ulsan Hyundai, with Danish midfielder Thomas Kristensen's leg injury less serious than initially feared.

Having only returned last weekend from a hamstring problem, Kristensen was forced off in the second half of Tuesday night's thrashing.

It was first thought that Kristensen might have torn his quadriceps muscle.

However, he was on Thursday deemed fit enough to be named in an extended Roar squad for Sunday night's A-League clash against the Jets in Newcastle.

Also named in the squad was recent signing Avraam Papadopoulos, the Greek international defender who is poised to make his Roar debut after a tough week on the training paddock.

Papadopoulos and fit-again left back Corey Brown will today link with the rest of the Roar squad, who only left South Korea on Thursday night after a couple days of soul searching following Tuesday's embarrassing performance.

"We've got a bit of a turnaround until the Newcastle game so we'll try to recover as well as possible and get ready for that game," Roar coach John Aloisi said.

"We can bounce back by getting players back. Hopefully Avraam and Corey will be right for Sunday, and then we have to pick ourselves up because we know that we've got a good team and we know that we're a good side.

"As a club we know there's still a long way to go for the younger boys, too, because there's going to be little bumps and speed humps like there was (on Tuesday), but we'll learn from it and move on to Sunday now."

Of Brisbane's young brigade, left-sided defender Kye Rowles, who played the full 90 minutes in Ulsan, was not named in the squad for Sunday.

Fringe midfielder Jacob Pepper, who watched the whole game from the bench on Tuesday, has also missed out on Brisbane's weekend squad.

Newcastle's hopes will be boosted by the return of first-choice goalkeeper Jack Duncan from injury and skipper Nigel Boogaard, Wayne Brown and Ma Leilei from suspension.

The extended Jets squad also includes former Roar pair Devante Clut and Lachlan Jackson.

The seventh-placed Jets are bidding for a clean-sweep of Brisbane, having beaten them 4-0 in Newcastle in round two and 3-2 at Suncorp Stadium in round 14.

News Corp Australia


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