Finals-chasing Brisbane Roar have suffered a major blow with their goal scorer, Henrique, undergoing an operation this week for a knee injury.
The “Slippery Fish,” who has scored eight goals this season, will play no further part in the closing rounds of the season.
The speedy winger was injured in the Roar’s 3-3 AFC Champions League draw against South Korea side Suwon Samsung FC at Gold Coast Stadium last Wednesday.
He was substituted in the 65th minute after earlier taking several heavy tackles.
Henrique was unable to take part in Sunday night's 2-1 loss to A-League leaders Wellington Phoenix – a match that was abandoned in the 73rd minute after heavy rain partially flooded the Suncorp Stadium field.
Only days before the injury, the Brazilian was enjoying his best season yet with the defending champions.
At the time he paid tribute to his fellow Roar strikers who will now have to fill the void in his absence.
"Our forward line has a lot of good players," Henrique said.
"It doesn't really matter who is going to play, we are always dangerous up front."
On Sunday night, Dimitri Petratos started on the left wing for the Roar against Phoenix before being substituted by youngster Shannon Brady in the 69th minute.
Much of the pressure will rest on the improving fitness and form of Serbian international, Andrija Kaluderovic, who netted the Roar’s goal against the Phoenix, his third in the A-League since joining the club in January.
The Roar are currently five points adrift of the play-offs but with two games in hand on sixth-placed Melbourne City.comments