Broich optimistic over injury
Brisbane Roar captain Thomas Broich is optimistic he will play in Friday's semi-final against Western Sydney despite a calf injury.
The German picked up the injury in his side's 2-1 win over Adelaide United on Sunday
who took a heavy knock to the back of his left heel when competing for a
ball with Jeronimo, says a final decision on whether he will play or
not will be made at midday on Friday.
Brisbane will not fancy
facing the newly-crowned premiers without their talismanic German, but
the midfielder was relaxed about his chances of recovering in time.
"It should be alright," Broich told reporters on arrival back to Brisbane on Monday.
"It happened yesterday, so give it a day or two and it might be gone.
"It's just some massive bruising right now.
"You expect it to be sore the day after, so yeah it's sore but we'll talk again tomorrow."
star man sustained the injury shortly after setting up his team's
opening goal with a corner that was spectacularly volleyed into the net
by Luke Brattan.
He remained on the field until the half-time break, despite having considerable trouble moving about.
before the interval, the Roar scored a second goal through Ivan
Franjic, but Broich admitted it would have been wiser to come off
sooner, saying there was no hope of him returning for the second 45
"It probably wasn't a smart decision to try that because
the team was a man down for 10 minutes, and I guess we did pretty well
to score just before half-time, but I just couldn't go on," he said.
"I couldn't have kept going, there was no chance.
"And the boys did pretty well. We've got a pretty strong bench so it's very pleasing to see."
said he had not had time to think about the Wanderers match up yet, but
an in-form Roar team would relish the prospect of the do-or-die battle
at a packed Parramatta Stadium.
"To be honest I haven't thought about it yet," he said.
lost against them three times this season so it's not going to be easy
but at the same time, the team's peaking at the right time.
"So it's going to be an awesome game. It's finals time, it's those games that you're really looking forward to."
right back Jack Hingert suffered an ankle injury against Adelaide, and
will not be ready in time for Friday's game, but the other injury worry,
Brattan, will most likely be available.