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 2017/18
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC 27 20 4 3 64
Newcastle Jets 27 15 5 7 50
Melbourne City FC 27 13 4 10 43
Melbourne Victory 27 12 5 10 41
Adelaide United 27 11 6 10 39
Brisbane Roar FC 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 8 9 10 33
Perth Glory 27 10 2 15 32
Wellington Phoenix 27 5 6 16 21
Central Coast Mariners 27 4 8 15 20
# Club P W D L PTS
Brisbane Roar FC Women 12 9 1 2 28
Sydney FC Women 12 8 1 3 25
Newcastle Jets Women 12 6 2 4 20
Melbourne City FC Women 12 6 2 4 20
Canberra United Women 12 5 1 6 16
Perth Glory Women 12 4 2 6 14
Melbourne Victory Women 12 3 2 7 11
Western Sydney Wanderers Women 12 3 2 7 11
Adelaide United Women 12 3 1 8 10
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Melbourne City FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Melbourne Victory Youth 8 4 1 3 13
Adelaide United Youth 8 3 2 3 11
Perth Glory Youth 8 3 1 4 10
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 8 2 1 5 7
# Club P W D L PTS
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Youth 8 6 0 2 18
Sydney FC Youth 8 5 2 1 17
Newcastle Jets Youth 8 3 3 2 12
Central Coast Mariners Youth 8 2 1 5 7
Canberra United Youth 8 1 0 7 3