Melbourne City are sweating on the fitness of Andrew Nabbout after the Socceroo’s latest hamstring injury,
The City squad returned home on Wednesday after their 1-0 A-League win over Brisbane Roar at Dolphin Stadium on Tuesday night.
While delighted with the result, achieved in the end with 10 men following the second-half dismissal of midfielder Adrian Luna, City could have done without Nabbout’s injury.
In his first A-League game for his new club, Nabbout grabbed at his left hamstring after chasing down Roar midfielder Riku Danzaki 15 minutes into the second half.
The 28-year-old winger was immediately replaced, and was due to have scans on his injury on his return to Melbourne on Wednesday.
A City spokesman said the club was likely to announce the severity of Nabbout’s injury on Thursday.
With Nabbout having also suffered a hamstring injury last season while playing for Melbourne Victory, City hope their prized off-season recruit isn’t facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines.
Nabbout will almost certainly miss City’s next game – Sunday’s clash against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium – as will Luna, who will serve a one-game suspension following his send off.
The Uruguayan import received his marching orders from referee Adam Kersey after copping a second yellow card in the 69th minute of Tuesday’s match for a foul on Roar midfielder Rahmat Akbari.
City coach Patrick Kisnorno, who was himself booked during the match for dissent, said Kersey’s decision to show Luna a second yellow card was a “bit soft”, claiming his player didn’t make contract with Akbari.
Kisnorb admitted to letting his emotions get the better of him when he was booked deep into the second half by the fourth official.
“Everyone’s emotional,” the City coach said.
“Sometimes common sense is the right verdict, but I learnt my lesson and it won’t happen again.”
The Roar have a shorter turnaround than City, with their next match on Saturday night against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.
Despite Brisbane wasted a host of chances against City, Roar coach Warren Moon will resist the urge to give Japanese striker Masato Kudo his A-League debut this weekend.
Kudo, 30, has just finished his quarantine spell and won’t be rushed by a cautious Moon.
“Masato might be a couple more weeks unfortunately,” the Roar coach said.
“He’s only just come out of quarantine. We’ll assess him this week in training and next week and see where he’s at.
“Obviously he’s another quality player that we want to get out there, as quick as we can, but we’ll have to just wait and see on that one.”