Boogaard slams 'mystery knee injury' claims

Adelaide United defender Nigel Boogaard has rubbished claims of a ‘mystery’ knee injury, insisting he will play in Saturday’s crucial clash against Wellington Phoenix.

Boogaard was part of the Adelaide squad that travelled to New Zealand for the clash, having not played since January 24 due to a knee injury.

Last week, Reds coach Josep Gombau had revealed medical staff informed Boogaard to stop playing for six weeks due to the problem.

Boogaard had been feeling pain in the knee and had a cortisone injection last week in order to train through the complaint.

Gombau said Boogaard, who has signed with Newcastle Jets for next season, was desperate to return as soon as possible to help the club’s premiership push.

Speaking after arriving in New Zealand, Boogaard insisted he was ready to play, despite claims there was more to his knee injury than had been let on.

“The knee is feeling quite well,” Boogaard said.

“I know it was reported that it was a mystery knee injury by certain journalists.

“I can assure you, I was on top of things and I’m happy to be back in the squad this week.”

Meanwhile, Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has confirmed defender Brendan Hamill has suffered a major quad tear and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

"We've just got some scans confirmed and unfortunately it's a lot worse than what we first thought,” Popovic said.

“We were hoping it was just a cork to the quad but the scans revealed it was a pretty major tear.

"It looks like Brendan will be on the sidelines for a little while now, which is a shame for him and a shame for our club."