McKain set to miss two months

A knee injury is likely to put Reds defender Jon McKain out of action for at least eight weeks according to Coach John Kosmina.

A knee injury is likely to put Reds defender Jon McKain out of action for at least eight weeks according to Coach John Kosmina.

Revealing the extent of the problem of McKain-s knee this morning, Kosmina said the Qantas Socceroo-s recovery would take some time before he is back to being 100 per cent fit.

“He-s got a bit of lateral cartilage damage in his knee and he-ll be in a brace for six weeks, there-s no point in hiding it,” Kosmina confirmed about McKain-s injury.

“He can do some passive training during that period, he can probably start jogging in 2-3 weeks with the brace on so he could be a minimum of eight weeks.”

After playing every minute in the club-s first 11 games this season, McKain has not featured for the Reds since coming off the bench against the Wellington Phoenix on December 30.

Kosmina believes the setback is due to a number of factors, one positive being that the 29 year old does not require an operation to fix his knee.

“It-s a bit from wear and tear, it-s a bit pre existing and of what happened when he got booked against Wellington as well, he just caught it the wrong way.”

McKain has been placed onto the club-s long term injury list until he is available to resume full training.

Meanwhile, Cassio is expected to arrive back in Adelaide from Brazil tonight following his rehabilitation from a foot injury.

Kosmina has earmarked the Brazilian to possibly be available for the Reds- next home match on January 29 against Perth Glory, depending on how he progresses once he is back training with the rest of the squad.

“He (Cassio) is supposed to be getting back tonight so he-ll see his medical staff and he-ll see our medical staff as well before he starts training,” Kosmina said.

“That-s the date I was looking at (January 29) and he will need to spend some time and it will also give him some time to get used to what we do and how we do it.”