There’s no doubt that a team’s luck with injury and suspension goes a long way to determining how they will fare in the Hyundai A-League.

The Football Sack looks at each team’s key personnel struggling for fitness and continuity with the amount of games they have missed after nine rounds completed.

ADELAIDE UNITED

Johan Absalonsen (six games missed) appeared in the opening three games for the Reds but hasn’t been sighted since. The Danish winger had a thigh injury in an FFA Cup semi-final meeting with Western Sydney Wanderers.

Reds fans will be hoping he can return soon after making such a bright start with two goals from three appearances.

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Taylor Regan’s season (eight) has only lasted 64 minutes after picking up a syndesmosis injury of the ankle in the opening round match against Wellington Phoenix.

The imposing centreback was ruled out for three months at the time, so his comeback is not too far away.

Others to join the long-term injury list are Tarek Elrich (nine) following a knee reconstruction while Vince Lia (seven) is looking to make his return against Melbourne Victory in Round 10, a side he managed to score two remarkable goals against in Round 3.

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BRISBANE ROAR

Corey Brown (six) tore his hamstring from the loss to Newcastle Jets in Round 3 but was named as a substitute against Western Sydney Wanderers. Roar’s 2016/17 player of the year will be pushing for a start at left-back.

Luke DeVere (five) hurt his knee from a tackle by Roy Krishna just a week later in the thrilling draw against Wellington and joins Jade North (four) who has battled a groin issue.

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Add in the suspension to Avram Papadopoulos and it leaves a very depleted defensive outfit for the Roar.

Thomas Kristensen (nine) has been left frustrated by a hamstring injury. The defensive midfielder made his last appearance in a big FFA Cup loss to Melbourne Victory back in August, but the Dane isn’t too far away from returning.

Michael Theo (five) is another out for a while with a finger injury, however with Jamie Young doing a fantastic job as his replacement it will be interesting to see who Roar’s number one will be when the veteran returns.

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

Asdrubal (three) has had a slight setback in his debut season for the Mariners as an ankle injury ruled him out for a few weeks now but the Spanish striker is due for a return soon.

Josh Rose (three) has missed due to a calf issue while Storm Roux (six) has been unseen for a large chunk of the season with his ankle injury the main factor.

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MELBOURNE CITY

City were dealt a significant blow when Bruno Fornaroli (nine) went down before the A-League season started.

The club lost their captain and top goal-scorer as well as the A-League’s golden boot winner from 2015/16.

The Urugrayan injured his ankle in a nasty-looking tackle in an FFA Cup Round of 16 clash against Hakoah City that forced him to head straight to hospital.

Marcelo Carrusca (seven) hasn’t had an ideal start at his new club as he tries to overcame a calf complaint.

MELBOURNE VICTORY

A combination of injury and international call ups have affected Victory’s squad depth.

James Troisi, Mark Milligan (both three) and Kosta Barbarouses (four), have all missed at various stages due to commitments for the Australian and New Zealand national teams as they looked to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Milligan’s missed games tally includes the suspension he copped after he received a red card for retaliating to Daniel Georgievski’s tackle.

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Mitch Austin’s season (four) has been cut short after he sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury during training that ruled him out for the rest of the season.

James Donachie (seven) tore his quadriceps muscle in the Melbourne Derby and been out since then.

NEWCASTLE JETS

Ronald Vargas (six) endured a serious leg/ankle injury which sent shockwaves throughout the Jets and robbed the club of their Venezuelan maestro.

First choice goalkeeper Jack Duncan (two) has missed the last couple of matches with a foot problem and will still be out for over a month – but there is valuable back-up in Glen Moss.

Injury has also struck Roy O’Donovan (three) who after such a blistering start to the season with six goals from six games, picked up a groin issue that forced him to be a late omission in Round 7. Subsequently he hasn’t played since then but should return within the next couple of weeks.

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PERTH GLORY

Star playmaker Diego Castro (three) has missed with a calf complaint which has lingered for the last few weeks.

Adam Taggart (four) suffered a hamstring injury at training before Glory’s trip to Wellington in Round 6 to continue a wretched run of injury concerns across recent seasons.

Other first-team regulars who are out include Scott Neville (three) who picked up a groin injury and Andreu (four) has missed through a calf issue.

Joel Chianese and Marc Warren (both nine) are yet to play this season after picking up collar bone and ankle injuries respectively in the pre-season.

SYDNEY FC

Adrian Mierzejewski (three) has successfully worked his way back into the Sky Blue’s line up by shaking off a hamstring problem and even managed to contribute well for the full 120 minutes in their victorious FFA Cup Final, fresh from his injury return.

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Rhyan Grant (nine) is on the long comeback trail after rupturing his ACL in a training incident before the season got underway.

WELLINGTON PHOENIX

Michael McGlinchey (two) and Andrew Durante (four) have been in and out of Phoenix’s line up due to All Whites duty but the latter also got over a groin adductor injury as the captain played in the recent game against Victory.

Defenders Scott Galloway and Marco Rossi (both three) have provided holes to fill at stages in an unsettled Phoenix back four.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS

Josh Risdon (three) was required for Socceroos duty as an integral member of their squad but the injuries are currently starting to mount for new head coach Josep Gombau.

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Their recent match against the Roar came at a real cost with two first-half injury substitutions forced to be activated.

Oriol Riera and Jaushua Sotirio (three) came off early due to a hamstring strains while Mark Bridge had to pull out of that clash entirely and remains in doubt with back tightness.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.