Brisbane Roar rising star Luke Brattan has revealed he sustained the injury, which has hampered his pre-season, in the same game he scored a last-gasp thunderbolt to clinch the Premier’s Plate.
Brattan, 24, missed two months of pre-season due to an abdominal injury which he sustained in March and played with throughout last season’s A-League finals.
The severity of the injury was only discovered when Brattan returned to the Roar after an off-season break – undergoing scans in July which forced him to miss out on a trial with English Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion.
Ironically, Brattan picked up the complaint early in the Round 24 clash with Melbourne Victory, where he went on to score an injury-time stunner to clinch a 1-0 win and the premiership.
“I did it in the first half and the physio was telling me to come off at half-time but I said ‘I can’t, it was too important a game’,” Brattan told FourFourTwo.
Brattan didn’t undergo a scan after the game, exacerbating the injury, but said if he had his time again he ‘probably' would’ve got it attended to straight away. He felt the situation had taught him a good lesson.
“I need to look after my body a bit better than last season,” the talented central midfielder said. “I’ve learnt from my mistakes and I’ll use that in the future.
“It sucks sitting on the sidelines, watching your team train and play. I’ve learnt a lot about myself mentally and physically.
“(If I had my time again) I’d get a scan straight away and sort it out on the spot. Saying that now, I don’t know if I’d do it, because it was a final and I wanted to play.
“If I got a scan then and there I would’ve been out for two or three weeks and that could’ve been finals over.”
Brattan faces a challenge to push on this term, after a breakthrough 2013-14 campaign where he finished third in the Roar’s Gary Wilkins Medal and was named in the PFA Team of the Year
The abdominal injury hasn’t been Brattan’s only setback this close season, missing out on a potential move to Brighton.
“That’s another thing which has made me stronger,” the England-born talent said.
“It got cancelled because of my abs. I found out probably three days before I was due to go I couldn’t because of my abs.
“It’s definitely made me stronger. It was a tough time. That’s football, you get setbacks.”
Brattan is in the running to play in next week’s FFA Cup clash away to Adelaide United, having overcome the injury and closing in on full fitness.comments