The seriousness of Cassio’s foot injury will not be known until the Adelaide United left back has further scans tomorrow, after an initial inspection showed there was no fracture to the area.
The seriousness of Cassio-s foot injury will not be known until the Adelaide United left back has further scans tomorrow, after an initial inspection showed there was no fracture to the area.
Preliminary scans Cassio had today in order to identify any fractures or cracks in the bone revealed there is no break, meaning he will now undergo an MRI scan tomorrow to assess whether there is any ligament damage.
The Reds- reigning Club Champion was substituted in the 38th minute of United-s 1-1 draw with the Wellington Phoenix after rolling his ankle prior to taking a throw in.
In better news on the injury front, defender Milan Susak and midfielder Evgeniy Levchenko joined the main squad this morning after both made a successful recovery from calf injuries.
Coolen expects to have the pair available for selection for the match against the Newcastle Jets at Hindmarsh on Friday night, while striker Sergio van Dijk-s return from a calf injury is being assessed on a day by day basis, the Reds boss choosing to take a precautious approach with last season-s leading scorer.
“We took a decision to leave a few players here to recover from some injuries and we knew that would be for one or two weeks, and those guys are doing well, a few of them (Susak and Levchenko) are already training with the squad now this morning, while Serge (van Dijk) had a very good session this morning but we-ll have a better indication tomorrow after his individual session,” Coolen said.
“Maybe he (van Dijk) is available for Friday, we-ll find out Wednesday or Thursday. We prefer to have them all back in the squad, have all of them available, but we also can-t take any risks.”