Gruesome injury takes energy out of high-scoring game

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What was looking to be an epic showdown between two finals-bound teams, ended with a hint of sadness after Adelaide United midfielder Juande suffered a horrific lower-leg injury after sliding into a tackle.

Adelaide were clearly the better team in the first half managing to get three goals past Melbourne City. City’s defence were not on the same wavelength and were constantly being caught out of position in their own half, which led to multiple mistakes being made gifting Adelaide many opportunities to score.

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Rado Vidosic, head coach of Melbourne City, made multiple changes at half time in an attempt to try and get the team in a better position to forge a result. This was working for the first 15 minutes of the second half as Melbourne City were applying a lot of pressure to Adelaide’s defence.

However, at the 66th minute mark play was halted for over 30 minutes as club medical staff were forced to wait for an ambulance to arrive to assist with treating Juande’s injury.

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After the match, a statement was given by A-Leagues Commissioner Greg O’Rourke.

“In Nov. 2018, static ambulance services were withdrawn by Ambulance Victoria and instead Emergency Physicians were installed at the stadium.

“Emergency Physicians are doctors who have specialised in Emergency Medicine.

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As specialist medical practitioners they are able to provide a higher level of care than a paramedic.

“That change was approved by PFA in 2018 and has been policy in Victoria ever since. In every other state, it remains policy to have static ambulances.”

In the post-game press conference Adelaide United head coach, Carl Veart was still visibly shaken.

“Full support will be behind Juande and his family,” he said.

“It was something that you don’t want to ever witness on a football field, it was hard to see. It was hard to have to wait that long for him to get removed off the pitch.

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“I’m just devastated for him.”

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Juande was transported to hospital.

Veart stated that the plan was for him to have surgery as soon as possible and he felt it was the correct decision to immediately continue play once Juande was removed from the pitch.

“Look, we had to finish the game. And credit to the players that they gave it their best effort to finish the game, because you don’t want to have to come back and start again,” he said.

Melbourne City were looking to capitalise on the injury by hoping Adelaide United’s players concentration had dropped after seeing their teammate be taken away in an ambulance.

“We were expecting that they were going to be affected more by the injury than us and I’m not sure if that happened,” Vidosic said.

“I think we created a few chances in that last 20-25 minutes and we got a good run from from Bossy [Jordan Bos] into the penalty box and it was a good penalty decision by the referee.”

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Bos, who was playing higher up the pitch than usual after Aiden O’Neill was taken off due to knee pain from a midweek knock, was able to draw a foul in the box. Jamie Maclaren then stood up to convert the penalty in the 90th minute to rescue a point for Melbourne City.

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The 3-3 result extends Melbourne City’s undefeated streak to six and has them firmly entrenched on top of the A-League Men’s table.

Featured Image Credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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