Bruce Djite has been ruled out of Adelaide United’s Elimination Final against Brisbane Roar but says he would play if it was the Grand Final.
Djite was forced off the field after sustaining a minor groin strain in the second half of United’s 4-1 win over Melbourne City on Saturday.
The Reds striker, who has scored six goals this season, confirmed the news to FourFourTwo, with Friday’s clash too soon for him.
“It’ll rule me out for this week, but I’ll be right for next week,” Djite told FourFourTwo.
“I’m more than confident that the boys will get the job done.”
The 28-year-old has a history of groin problems and wasn’t willing to take any risks, despite the game being do-or-die and his fitness not far off.
“If the game was Sunday, I would play, but the turnaround is just too quick from Saturday to Friday,” Djite said.
“With groins, if you aggravate it, you could be out for quite a while. I’ve experienced that before and I’m not going to do it again.
“If it was the grand final you’d play, because there’s no games after it, but there’s a couple of games at stake here.
“I’ve got to treat it properly to ensure for the next game I’m 100 per cent ready to go.”
Djite and suspended full-back Michael Marrone will both drop out of the United starting line-up which defeated City last weekend.
Despite the selection dilemma which that creates, all the talk this week has been about the venue for the Elimination Final, being Adelaide Oval not Coopers Stadium.
United trained at Adelaide Oval for the first time on Wednesday and Djite summed up the squad’s sentiment about the game being moved away from their home ground by the FFA.
“You work all season for this," Djite said. "You want to play at home. As players, we feel like second-rate citizens
“You play your whole season to have a home final and I’ve never seen the football federation change the ‘home’ venue unless it’s been a Grand Final.
“I recall the Mariners against Newcastle in Sydney, but that’s different, it’s a Grand Final.”
Djite added that there'd been plenty of talk about the venue and said the side needed to embrace it and get on with it now.
“The players are going to play like their lives depend on it anyway," he said.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s at Hindmarsh, on Mars or Adelaide Oval or wherever, we want to win the game at the end of the day.”comments