April 30, 2015 10:13:47 UK
Striker Bruce Djite will miss Adelaide United’s A-League elimination final against Brisbane Roar on Friday.
Djite, who has scored six goals for the Reds this season, was substituted in the second half of the 4-1 home win over Melbourne City last weekend with a minor groin strain.
It’ll rule me out for this week, but I’ll be right for next week.
It is the 28-year-old’s bad luck that United will play in the first elimination final, as he is confident he would have been fit if they had been involved in the second of the weekend’s games two days later.
“It’ll rule me out for this week, but I’ll be right for next week,” he said. “If the game was Sunday, I would play, but the turnaround is just too quick from Saturday to Friday.
“With groins, if you aggravate it, you could be out for quite a while; I’ve experienced that before and I’m not going to do it again.”
Djite said if it was the Grand Final he would play as it would be the last game of the campaign, but the Reds have up to two more matches to play after this weekend.
Coach Josep Gombau will have to make at least two changes from the side that beat City, as full-back Michael Marrone is suspended.
Midfielder Isaias, though, has been cleared after missing training earlier in the week with an ankle injury.
Djite says the players are unhappy at having the venue changed for the meeting with the defending champions. They would have preferred to play at Coopers Stadium, but Football Federation Australia have insisted the match be played at Adelaide Oval.
The Reds trained on the pitch for the first time on Wednesday, hoping the move from their home stadium won’t be a factor.
Brisbane beat Adelaide at Coopers Stadium earlier in the month, but defender Dylan McGowan feels the fact that they finished 12 points above the Roar in the final table is significant.
“Brisbane is the champion and we will show them the utmost respect, but we are the higher seeded team, finished third and they finished sixth,” he said.
Adelaide are 1.83 to beat the Roar in normal time, with Brisbane 4.00, while the draw is 3.75.
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