Indefinite De Silva injury leaves Yorke with selection headache

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Macarthur FC coach Dwight Yorke is without ever-present midfielder Daniel De Silva for the foreseeable future after the midfielder copped a nasty hit in the Bulls’ Christmas Eve clash.

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De Silva received a scraping set of studs on the bottom of his knee against Sydney FC, resulting in Sky Blues’ winger Joe Lolley being brandished a straight red card for the foul. Despite initially trying to carry on in the match, De Silva eventually succumbed to the pain and was substituted. 

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The Christmas break has left an anxious wait for him, with specialist medical staff unavailable to reveal the extent of the damage. While a diagnosis is yet to be confirmed for the former Sydney FC man, it is clear he won’t be available for at least the next few weeks.

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It’s an absence Yorke believes that the side will sorely miss ahead of Sunday’s match against the second-placed Western Sydney Wanderers. De Silva had been an integral part of Yorke’s team, having not a missed single minute of Macarthur’s 2022/23 A-League Men campaign before his injury. 

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“There’s no doubt that he’s a big loss for us. We know that he is a person with great leadership qualities, and he brings his qualities in terms of the way we play,” Yorke said. 

De Silva was yet to have a consistent partner in the midfield, with Kearyn Baccus, Jerry Skotadis, and Charles M’Mombwa having all interchanged next to him. Most recently, the 25-year-old played with the returning Jake Hollman in the Bulls’ 3-0 victory against Sydney FC.

Despite the lack of consistent selection across Yorke’s midfield this season, the former forward was keen to emphasise the importance of squad depth in his team. 

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“I’m not going to sit here and moan about the squad,” he said. 

“I’ve always extended to the rest of the squad that for us to be competing with the best teams here that we will be using the entire squad, and so as much as we would love to have Danny with us, he’s not there, but someone else will be given that opportunity to come in and try and take it up from where he left off.”

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This isn’t the first time the Bulls’ squad has been stretched thin, requiring shuffling to the starting team. Jonathan Aspropotamitis’ round four red card forced Jake McGing to slot in as an unorthodox central defender the following week, where the side gave up four goals against Wellington Phoenix.

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As the January transfer window approaches for ALM clubs, Yorke stated he was happy with the squad at his disposal, irrespective of any current selection worries. 

“Of course, we try to improve the squad as best as possible and when that opportunity does present itself, but we have to deal with what we have here – the players know what is expected of them – the standard here is extremely high,” he said.

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Feature image credit: Macarthur FC

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