The Brisbane Roar injury crisis started off as a minor hiccup to pre-season build up and yet here we are at the end of Round 11 and the Roar have fewer fit players than matchday one.

Mid-week the club went as far as seeking outside appraisal of the club’s current training pitch at Ballymore where on-going concerns over the substandard nature of the facilities have finally led to the club seeking answers.

Eleven plus players were unavailable for Brisbane’s match with Melbourne Victory on Sunday which ended in a 2-1 defeat to leave the club second from the bottom on the A-League ladder.

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John Aloisi has for weeks remained in firm belief that without the predicament he is currently faced with that his side would be up there with the top sides this season.

“If all my players came back we’d be right up there,” he said.

“We’re not too far away from 4th spot anyway, I thought my players would be back a lot quicker and someone comes back like Thomas Kristensen and then Joey Caletti gets injured.

“I haven’t got a crystal ball, I don’t know why this is always happening but at the moment I didn’t expect in Round 11 that I’m still going to have 11 players out. But we will fight and we will work through it and the boys showed their character again, they’re not going to give up.”

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The severity of the lack of fit and able players has meant Brisbane have been pushing rehabilitating players back onto the pitch far sooner than their recommended return date.

Thomas Kristensen, Daniel Bowles and Ivan Franjic all took part in the match against Melbourne and Aloisi admits all were pushed back ahead of schedule but he simply has to play them.

“Sometimes we are risking a player that’s not fully fit, Ivan Franjic hasn’t played a lot of football, I’ve had to risk him,” he said.

“Thomas Kristensen really shouldn’t have been playing because he hasn’t played a game of football but I’ve had to try and hurry him up to bring him back in because we know how important he is so we’re doing that. Daniel Bowles is the same because we’ve got no one.

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“We’ve got no players but what I will say is those players are still performing, still putting in and still confident and believe in what we’re doing and until we’re not fighting we’ll keep going.

“It’s very close, there’s a top three that’s a little bit more ahead of everyone else but you have to make the top six and we’ll still be believing that we can make top six.”

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Josh is in the final stages of a journalism degree at The University of Queensland and is also firmly aboard the Arzani hype-train.