Prognosis positive for 'Pancho'

Adelaide United FC has received some good news with Francisco ‘Pancho’ Usucar cleared of a serious hamstring injury.

Adelaide United FC has received some good news ahead of the final month of the Hyundai A-League's Minor Round with midfielder Francisco ‘Pancho- Usucar cleared of a serious hamstring injury.

The Uruguayan injured his hamstring in the first half against the Newcastle Jets last Friday night, which saw him replaced in the 19th minute.

However, scans confirmed only a minor low grade strain, meaning Usucar is only set to face a limited time on the sideline. The setback is the first injury Usucar has suffered since he joined the club in January 2011.

The injury will keep Usucar out of Thursday night-s home game against Perth Glory, although the club is hopeful of having him available for consideration for the game against Brisbane Roar on March 11 and also the AFC Champions League opener against Bunyodkor on March 6, that is providing he is included in the Reds- final ACL squad.

Clubs are permitted a maximum of three foreigners for the AFC Champions League, leaving Coach John Kosmina with a tough decision on who to include and who to leave out.

With Sergio van Dijk and Cassio certainties to be included, Kosmina must decide whether to go with Usucar or Ukrainian Evgeniy Levchenko to fill the final foreigner spot for the Group Stage of the Asian club competition.

The Reds must submit their final squad to the AFC by 5pm on Tuesday.