Ekic stars again in Melbourne City win before injury strikes

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Currently on loan from Racing Louisville, Emina Ekic has been a standout for Melbourne City this season. In a 1-0 win over Perth Glory, Ekic took her goal tally to four in just six games.

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Constantly a threat down the left wing, Ekic, alongside Cote Rojas, has been the focal point of the Melbourne City attack this season.

Ekic has the uncanny ability to get past her defender with her dribbling prowess, enabling her to constantly cut inside and fire shots off.

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Despite Melbourne City dominating possession for most of the game, they struggled to convert their possession into goal-scoring opportunities.

It was not until the second half that substitute Rhianna Pollicina brought a much-needed lift in positive energy to the team.

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Pollicina managed to break through the defensive block of Perth in the 60th minute allowing her to get into the penalty box. She was then clattered into by Glory defender Kim Carroll which led to the referee quickly pointing to the spot.

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With Rojas no longer at Melbourne City due to Hannah Wilkinson returning from injury, Ekic was assigned to penalty-taking duties. With a long run up, she deftly put it in the bottom left corner to give the home team a 1-0 advantage.

Just 10 minutes after her goal, the American, whose loan contract ends in February, may have just played her last game for the club. When dribbling into the box she fell awkwardly, getting her ankle stuck underneath her, it was a scary moment at AAMI Park when she let out an agonising scream.

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After a long stoppage, a stretcher was brought onto the pitch, but Ekic was adamant in walking off on her own two feet.

“She’s a little bit hobbled at the moment,” Vidosic said.

“She said it’s painful. It’s on her ankle. We’re not sure from the bench what happened – but everyone heard a bit of a scream.

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“We’ll see probably in the next day or two the extent of the injury. We hope it’s nothing too serious and hopefully we don’t lose her for too long.

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Hopefully for the City faithful it won’t be the last time they get to see her on the pitch in the City blue uniform.

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