Brosque escapes serious injury

Socceroo Alex Brosque has escaped serious injury after an ugly incident which saw him twist his ankle in Al Ain’s 1-1 draw with Al Ittihad in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday night.

Brosque, who featured heavily during World Cup qualifying but hasn’t played for Australia in more than 12 months, had to be replaced after only 20 minutes of the game due to the injury.

Al Ain boss Zlatko Dalic told reporters after the game that the substitution was precautionary and the injury was unlikely to keep Brosque out for long.

“It wasn’t very serious but I didn’t want to take any risk of playing him with an injury,” Dalic said.

“He should be back for our next game, on Sunday against Sharjah, in the Arabian Gulf League.”

The former Sydney FC forward appears a long shot for Ange Postecoglou’s World Cup squad, having managed only six goals at club level this term.

The Australian is out of contract at Al Ain at season’s end but only months ago spoke about his desire to remain in the Middle East.

Brosque’s Al Ain topped their ACL group and will face either Al Shabab or Al Jazira in the Round of 16.