Brisbane hold out Holman hope

17 April 2018 03:09:22 EST

Brisbane Roar are hoping key playmaker Brett Holman will be fit for Friday's elimination final against Melbourne City.

The former Socceroo hyper-extended his knee in the 3-2 win away to Perth Glory on Saturday. But the club have received better than expected news on the 34-year-old's injury, with scans showing no structural damage.

Coach John Aloisi feared after the win in Perth that he'd have to do without the former Aston Villa attacking midfielder for the Finals Series if the Roar qualified. They sneaked into the top six in the final round of the regular season but would have missed out had Western Sydney won their final match.

If Holman comes through unscathed from training on Thursday he will be included in the squad for the do-or-die encounter at AAMI Park.

Aloisi said: "The injury's not as serious as we first thought, which is good news. We'll give Brett every chance to be involved. If he's not right, he won't play but hopefully he will then be right for the week after if our season is still alive."

Central defender Daniel Bowles, who missed the Glory match with an ankle problem, is in contention to return against City. If he fails to recover in time Aloisi is confident in the makeshift combination of Jacob Pepper and Connor O'Toole.

"Jacob and Connor did really well for us against Perth," added the coach. "We've dealt with injury problems all season and players that we've called in have done a great job for us."

If Brisbane beat City, they would take on premiers Sydney FC in the second week of the finals. The Roar are 7/2 to beat Melbourne City, who are 8/11 with the draw 3/1. Brisbane are 1/1 to win the Grand Final.

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