Brisbane A-League players Thomas Broich and Matt McKay are expected to be fit for the home clash with Wellington but Besart Berisha will be out suspended.
Brisbane Roar midfielders Thomas Broich and Matt McKay are expected to front up for next week’s home clash with Wellington Phoenix despite suffering injury scares in Friday night’s 0-0 A-League draw with Perth Glory.
But star striker Besart Berisha will miss the match through suspension after being sent off for two bookable offences in Perth.
Broich carried a corked thigh into the game and the German playmaker struggled to run at one point in the second half after copping another hit to the same spot.
McKay hurt his lower leg after being tackled from behind late in the match, but he and Broich were able to see out the contest.
Berisha lasted just 31 minutes before being given his marching orders after being involved in two clumsy collisions with Glory defender Michael Thwaite.
The Albanian’s dismissal meant the Roar had to play with 10 men for the second straight week.
But unlike their 2-1 loss to Adelaide, Brisbane held on this time, and were even a little unlucky not to come away with all three points after creating the better chances.
Roar coach Mike Mulvey praised his team’s fighting spirit, saying their ability to control the match despite the numerical disadvantage proved they were genuine title contenders.
“We don’t want to make a habit of going down to 10 men,” Mulvey said of his ladder-leading team.
“It’s not in our best interests. But what the lads have shown is we’re worthy challengers for the title this season.”
Mulvey was also glowing in his praise of Broich.
“He’s such a brave player. I see a very intelligent footballer, very similar to Alessandro Del Piero,” Mulvey said.
“He’s also very brave.
“He’ll receive a ball, he’ll know there’s a challenge coming, but he’ll still execute the move and take the whack.”
Mulvey is hopeful of regaining Ivan Franjic from a stomach strain next week, while defender Diogo Ferreira will return from suspension.
Meanwhile, Glory’s marquee international William Gallas is set for more game time in next Sunday’s clash at Western Sydney Wanderers.
Gallas, playing his first match in seven weeks, made it through 45 minutes against the Roar, with his class impressing interim coach Kenny Lowe.
“He was quality,” Lowe said.
“I was coming in at halftime saying ‘can we get 90 out of him?’.
“He was a bit apprehensive in his own mind going into the game. But he did ever so well.
“Mentally, he’d be in a good space with the fact that he got through it with absolute quality.”