Injuries pile on for helpless Melbourne Victory

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Melbourne Victory suffered their third consecutive loss after going down 1-0 to Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

To rub salt into the wounds, the match saw the home side add three more casualties to their injury list. Nick Ansell and Adama Traore both suffered hamstring setbacks, while Storm Roux went off with a concussion.

Injury troubles have been Victory’s main enemy for several seasons and Grant Brebner suggests a compact schedule may be a contributing cause.

“Look, it’s been a bit of a stop start season for us.

“We condensed a lot of games into a short period of time,” Brebner said.

The problem may more complex than that though, as Victory do not have their own training base. As such, the squad trains outside AAMI Park at Gosch’s Paddock despite questions regarding the pitch quality.

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Brebner was adamant the conditions at training were the same as those during his playing days.

“No, the conditions aren’t any different at Gosch’s Paddock to what they’ve been [under Ernie Merrick].”

With that said, he admitted it was still a legitimate concern that could not be ignored.

“It’s something we’ll certainly have a look at internally over the next couple of days,” Brebner said.

Despite a lacklustre performance, Brebner remains positive Victory can find a way to regain their form. A key to doing that is ensuring their star-studded attack remains injury-free, including Rudy Gestede, Marco Rojas, Callum McManaman and Robbie Kruse.

Fortunately, this might become a reality this upcoming Wednesday with a potential return of the Kiwi.

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Rojas’ comeback would mark a remarkable 14 day turnaround following a horrific face injury sustained against Western Sydney Wanderers.

“There is an opportunity for [Marco Rojas] to start the game,” Brebner CONFIRMED.

Victory will look to avoid their fourth straight defeat this Wednesday night as they take on Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne Victory

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