The season may be over for City’s new recruit

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Melbourne City coach Erick Mombaerts fears new signing Jack Hendry has sustained a ‘big’ injury in the club’s 3-1 loss to Adelaide United.

Speaking in his post-match press conference Mombaerts shared his concern for the Celtic loanee.

”I think Jack Hendry has a big injury so for me, the most important thing today is the injury of Jack,” he said.

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”Today we lose the game and we have to be better but if we lose this player for a long time it will be a big, big problem for us.

”He has a knee injury – I don’t know exactly but I think it’s a big injury.”

Hendry, who signed a five-month loan deal, was City’s second international reinforcement in the January transfer window and a long term injury could spell the end of his City career after just two games.

The 24-year-old Scottish international has three caps to his name and he had hoped his move down under would reinvigorate his international contention in time for Euro 2020.

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Adelaide coach Gertjan Verbeek had his own injury concerns in the leadup to the match with key player Riley McGree only a 50/50 chance to play.

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He also could not resist the urge to take a subtle dig at the Olyroos medical staff for their handling of Al Hassan Toure’s potentially season-ending injury.

”In the four games we lost, three of those Riley wasn’t there,” he said.

”He got a kick from George Blackwood on Wednesday and that can happen because it’s a contact sport.

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”On Thursday, he couldn’t walk on his foot so we were afraid that something was broken in his foot.

”We got a scan – a little bit quicker than the national team did with Toure and then on Friday Riley could join the training again because he did a lot of jogging in the beach which helped him a lot.

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”The pain that he had yesterday and today he could manage so it was a little risk but a very small risk and he told the trainer he could play so he started.”

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The Red’s camp were furious with the Olyroos’ hierarchy accusing them of mismanaging Toure’s injury – which was revealed to be a stress fracture upon his arrival back in Adelaide.

Despite Adelaide’s 3-1 victory over City, Verbeek is not convinced they are safe in the top six as he fears more injuries.

”We are still not stable enough, we have won three times in a row but it depends on a lot of things,” he said.

”Sometimes we get injuries, now James Troisi is falling away for two-three weeks and Toure is gone so sometimes you are unlucky – it has a big impact on the quality of the team.”

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Euan James
Euan James
Lover of all things football. Covering Adelaide United in 2019/20 for TFS!

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