Rumours that Tim Cahill’s relationship with Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce has hit an all time low are circling following City’s 3-1 loss at the hands of Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

City slumped to defeat in what was the club’s third consecutive match without a win with errors from Eugene Galekovic and Iacopo La Rocca in the lead up to all three of Brisbane’s goals costing the visitors.

However much of the interest surrounding the City side was at the other end of the park where Marcin Budzinski started for the club in the absence of Cahill and Ross McCormack who were both left out of Warren Joyce’s matchday squad.

The Pole cut a frustrated figure as he was well marshalled by Roar defender Avraam Papadopoulos.

Budzinski was booked late in the first half for a mistimed challenge on Jack Hingert whose reaction sparked a heated confrontation between the two sides.

Budzinki’s inclusion was made all the more interesting as it coincided with a Daily Telegraph article reporting that Cahill’s relationship with Joyce had broken down.

This follows comments from Cahill on Wednesday night where he suggested he may have to leave Melbourne City in search of game time ahead of the World Cup.

Cahill has started just one competitive match under Joyce since the Englishmen took the reigns at City in June.

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When quizzed on the absence of City trio Cahill, McCormack and Marcelo Carrusca, Joyce said he’d not spoken to Cahill at all following his return from international duty.

“I don’t honestly know how long Tim will be, I’ve not spoken to him since he’s come back.”

When asked about the Daily Telegraph article Joyce refused to give any insight into the supposed rift between himself and Cahill.

“There’s certainly nothing from myself of the players here,” Joyce said post-game.

“It’s some of the stuff I don’t even read or see. I think the players are the same. There might be stories you’re mentioning that we’re not aware of.

“It can’t effect you if you don’t know anything about you.

“Once again I’m not really here to talk about Tim, there have been enough conversations this week. I’ve answered every question that’s been thrown at me, I’ve been made to talk about the game tonight now.”

Following a strong start to the season City are now without a win in three only having managed to find the back of the net twice in their last three outings.

Joyce said individual errors cost his side in Friday’s match.

“I don’t think there were many chances created against us, but you can’t expect to win any game if you give three goals away like that.”

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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.