Newcastle Jets lose another man

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The Jets’ went down to top of the ladder Sydney FC last night 2-0 but compounding the issue was the loss of yet another player to injury.

Midfielder turned central defender Ben Kantarovski went down with his third knee injury to rub salt in the wound for the home side.

Local boy Kantarovski was helped off the field late into the game last night with his troublesome right knee. The midfielder will undergo scans in the next 48 hours to determine if he will join the growing injury list at Newcastle this season.

Coach Mark Jones did have some positive news for fans post match on Kantarovski.

“It doesn’t look too bad. A bit of trouble with his mensicus, it popped back in or whatever and he feels fine, hopefully it’s just something very minor and he’ll be right to play again.”

The Jets succumbed to the injury forced roster reshuffle last night following the loss of attacking powerhouse Andrew Nabbout to a groin injury against Wanderers last week. His absence up front showed against Sydney, with the home side shying away from the attacking force seen in previous weeks. The attacker unfortunately looks set to miss two more games with the injury.

Newcastle were also missing strong central defender Lachlan Jackson after severely spraining his ankle ligaments in last week’s draw with Western Sydney. The first half injury has ruled him out for four weeks with a possible extension to follow if scan results show he needs surgery to reattach the ligaments.

However, in the last six meets between the teams Sydney has come away with the win regardless of the Jets’ lineup. Last night it was Sydney’s speed of play and swift counterattack, through tactical midfielders Joshua Brilliante and Alex Brosque, that allowed them to break through the Jets’ defence.

Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold confirmed.

“I thought that we played very well tonight.

“We had a great start to the game, scoring a goal early and creating two or three other chances that we probably should have done better with, but overall I think it was a convincing win.”

That convincing win was mainly thanks to the Jets’ unstructured midfield on a Sydney counter and the team’s defensive nature allowed the away side too much space and time on the ball to make those movements forward.

Newcastle Jets remain in fourth place and will battle it out with Wellington Phoenix next Saturday across the ditch.

Sydney FC have won all four of their matches conceding no goals and sit atop the Hyundai A-League ladder. They will hope to keep that outrageous momentum going at Allianz Stadium next weekend when they face Melbourne Victory in the Big Blue.

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Isobel Cootes
Isobel Cootes
A player turned Journalist that's still holding onto the dream by writing about the Newcastle Jets this season!

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