Brisbane Roar’s season woes continue to mount with marquee player Thomas Broich expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.
The influential midfielder is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle on Wednesday after suffering an injury in Roar’s 1-1 draw with Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Broich did not travel with the Roar squad to Sydney for Wednesday night’s A-League 2013/14 Grand Final rematch against Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium.
The defending A-League champions, who controversially sacked title-winning coach Mike Mulvey just six games into the season, are sitting in eighth spot on just four points.
Interim coach Frans Thijssen said the decision for Broich to undergo surgery was made after he consulted a specialist following training on Tuesday morning.
“With the heavy load of matches we have coming up, it was decided not to risk aggravating the injury any further by Thomas continuing to play,’’ Thijssen said.
With the A-League breaking from January 9-31 for the AFC Asian Cup, club medical and coaching staff considered immediate surgery was the best option for the two-time Johnny Warren medallist.
Thijssen is yet to announce a replacement for the 33-year-old for the upcoming match.
“To lose a player of Thomas’ calibre is not ideal but it presents an opportunity for another player to step up and cement a place in our starting line-up,’’ Thijssen said.
The Dutchman said he was hopeful Broich would be fit to return for the Roar’s first game after the AFC Asian Cup break – a Suncorp Stadium home match against Wellington Phoenix on Monday February 2.1 comment