Injury-riddled Roar lose key duo ahead of Phoenix clash

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Brisbane Roar return to Suncorp Stadium on Friday to face off against the finals-bound Wellington Phoenix.

In what begins a three-game run at home to finish their season – Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United the other sides standing between Brisbane and their off-season – the already-stretched Roar have been hit with even more injury woes.

Interim head coach Darren Davies today announced that Henrique and Ruon Tongyik will miss tomorrow’s match through injury, adding to the long list of unavailable players which currently includes Dane Ingham, Daniel Bowles, Brett Holman, Stefan Mauk, Jack Hingert, Luke DeVere and Connor O’Toole.

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“Henrique’s injured from last week, as is Ruon Tongyik. Those two won’t be involved tomorrow,” Davies said.

“It’s two bodies. We’re light again, but it presents opportunities for others.

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“[Young players] have been given opportunity. Probably at the start of the season they wouldn’t have thought that they’d have had the opportunity that they have.

“We’re down to 17 fit bodies at the moment, so it is difficult, but with youth comes freshness… [and] enthusiasm. I’m sure they’ll be bringing that tomorrow night.”

Tongyik’s injury will particularly sting for Brisbane given their defensive stocks are critically low, and the 22-year-old centre back had been performing well in a starting role after his mid-season transfer from Western Sydney Wanderers.

The one positive to come out of Brisbane’s troubled season is the opportunities gifted to young academy players – the likes of Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Izaack Powell, Daniel Leck, Jay Barnett and Aaron Reardon all able to work their way into the rotation throughout the season.

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Senior defender Jacob Pepper hailed Brisbane’s young players for their future potential, as well as the impact they’ve made coming through this season.

“If you look at our side this week, there’s a lot of young boys. It’s a good opportunity for them to showcase what they’ve got,” he said.

“Brisbane Roar has a bright future. Hopefully they can put on a show, and show the coach what they’re about.

“The young boys we’ve got here are fantastic – if you look at [Daniel] Leck, he’s playing at right back – and he’s not a right back – but he’s doing an exceptional job.

“Zach Duncan’s coming through; Jay Barnett; Dylan’s scored a goal; so like I said, the future for Brisbane Roar with the young players coming though is very bright.”

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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