Melbourne Victory
Adelaide United
Hyundai A-League R8
AAMI Park
2014-11-28T08:40:00+00:00
Attendance
22,334

Gombau sweating on injured Malik

Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau is keeping his fingers crossed the calf injury suffered by Osama Malik on Friday will not keep the versatile Red out for too long.

Malik, capable of playing at centre-back, fullback and in midfield, was subbed off and carried down the tunnel in the second half of Adelaide's 3-2 loss to Melbourne Victory, their first defeat in the Hyundai A-League this season.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Gombau confirmed the 24-year-old had suffered a calf problem, but is yet to discover the extent of the issue.

"He had something similar this pre-season and he stayed out for, I think, six weeks," he said.

"I hope and wish that it (isn't) that big."

The Reds proved unable to withstand a lightning start from the hosts at AAMI Park, with Victory 3-1 up shortly after the 30-minute mark.

Kevin Muscat's side are now top ahead of second-placed Perth Glory's match away to the struggling Brisbane Roar on Saturday, but the Reds' Spanish boss stopped short of anointing Victory as title favourites.

"I don't know, it's so early," he said.

"Just eight weeks. We are one point less than them. (They're) a good team, yes. But also, they have very conditions and they have spent a lot of money. But I don't have the feeling they are a team who will win the league easy."

Gombau left out former Victory man Jimmy Jeggo and played Sergio Cirio and Marcelo Carrusca behind a three-man frontline in an attacking gambit that didn't quite pay off. However, the coach stood by his decision to gamble on an offensive XI.

"After thinking a lot and preparing for the game, this is what we decide," he said.

"Normally, when you decide, it's the best (decision)."
 
Hyundai A-League 2018/19
# Club P W D L PTS
Perth Glory 26 17 6 3 57
Sydney FC 26 16 4 6 52
Melbourne Victory 26 14 5 7 47
Adelaide United 27 12 8 7 44
Wellington Phoenix 26 11 7 8 40
Melbourne City FC 26 10 7 9 37
Newcastle Jets 26 9 5 12 32
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 26 6 6 14 24
Brisbane Roar FC 27 4 6 17 18
Central Coast Mariners 26 3 4 19 13
# Club P W D L PTS
Melbourne Victory Women 12 7 3 2 24
Brisbane Roar FC Women 12 6 2 4 20
Sydney FC Women 12 6 1 5 19
Perth Glory Women 12 5 4 3 19
Melbourne City FC Women 12 6 1 5 19
Adelaide United Women 12 5 3 4 18
Newcastle Jets Women 12 5 1 6 16
Canberra United Women 12 3 4 5 13
Western Sydney Wanderers Women 12 1 1 10 4
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Melbourne City FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Perth Glory Youth 8 3 2 3 11
Adelaide United Youth 8 3 1 4 10
Melbourne Victory Youth 8 1 1 6 4
# Club P W D L PTS
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Youth 8 6 0 2 18
Sydney FC Youth 8 5 0 3 15
Central Coast Mariners Youth 8 5 0 3 15
Newcastle Jets Youth 8 3 1 4 10
Canberra United Youth 8 0 1 7 1