Sidelined Sarota itching to help struggling Roar

Brisbane Roar recruit Adam Sarota is desperate to help the A-League champions out of their current malaise but will need to wait up to another month following a knee operation.

Sarota had surgery to clean his meniscus just over a week ago, after sustaining a knee injury on the eve of the A-League season.

The 25-year-old Socceroos hopeful’s latest setback is in the same knee in which he tore his ACL, ruling him out for 10 months, back in January 2013.

Sarota, who joined Brisbane in mid-September on loan from Utrecht, said the setback was unrelated to his previous injury.

He said it was a “freak accident”, tweaking it in training after an “awkward movement” the day before the club’s season opener against Adelaide United.

Now, though, with Roar without a point from four games, Sarota is left frustrated on the sidelines, unable to help their current predicament which has opened up talk of player unrest.

“I’m watching the team play and I really feel like I can help the team, that’s what’s so frustrating,” Sarota told FourFourTwo.

Sarota has an eye on the Asian Cup with his switch back to Roar, having struggled for regular game-time at Utrecht.

The Cairns product was part of Ange Postecoglou’s preliminary 30-man World Cup, but missed the first cut and is desperate to avoid similar heartache.

Sarota knows doing his part to help Brisbane will only help his chances.

“That’s the whole reason why I’m back in Australia, is to play and hopefully maybe I’ll go to the Asian Cup, that’s in the back of my mind,” Sarota said.

“But now it’s about getting my knee sorted and then playing for Brisbane.

“At the time I was praying it would be okay for the first game because I was really excited to be back in Australia, but this has set me back a bit.”

The normal recovery time from the surgery is four to six weeks, but Sarota said he was well placed to return as early as possible, in order to get the necessary games to impress Australia coach Ange Postecoglou before the January tournament.

“The operation went really well and my knee reacted really well, as there was not much swelling,” he said.

Sarota began doing weights on his knee on Monday with a goal to return to running this week.

“It’s frustrating because I’ve done my ACL before, had the operation and could barely walk – this one I could walk out of the hospital so it’s really strange,” Sarota said.

The 2008-09 NYL Player of the Season still has two-and-a-half years to run on his current Utrecht contract.

When asked whether he felt his decision to move might affect his Utrecht first team chances when he returned, Sarota insisted he was confident it wouldn't.

“No, that’s not even in my mind, that because I’ve come back here I’m going to have start at the bottom again,” Sarota said.

“Rather if I do go back I’ll have all these games under my belt in Australia.

“Not only do the Roar play A-League but we’re also in the Asian Champions League this year. That was also one of the reasons I’m came back.”

He added: “At first they didn’t want to let me go on a loan back to Australia, but I said to them I’m in Holland to play football and if I’m not going to play as much it’s better for me and Utrecht’s interests for me to be playing.

“That’s the only way you’re going to get better. It’s not like the A-League is bad, so that’s why we thought it was a good decision to come back.”