Brown injury adds to Roar problems

17 February 2017 06:28:43 EST
Matt McKay

Brisbane Roar need to get new signing Avraam Papadopoulos in action as soon as possible, after losing another defender.

Corey Brown has been ruled out for at least three weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up in training.

That puts even more pressure on John Aloisi's backline, just at the time they are starting their busiest period of the season.

Next week Roar open their Asian Champions League campaign and will have to contend with midweek games as well as their A-League season.

Aloisi signed 32-year-old Papadopoulos as an injury replacement for utility defender Daniel Bowles, who will be on the sidelines for at least 10 months with ruptured knee ligaments.

Right-back Jack Hingert is also out with an ankle problem he picked up in the ACL victory over Shanghai Shenhua while rookie central defender Kye Rowles has a calf injury.

It means Melbourne-born Greek international Papadopoulos, who has signed until the end of the season, is badly needed.

He won't play in Saturday's clash with Perth Glory at nib Stadium as he will only arrive in Brisbane earlier that day.

Papadopoulos hasn't played since leaving Japanese side Jubilo Iwata last November, so it's highly unlikely he will be included for the ACL meeting with Thai champions Muangthong United at Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday.

But coach John Aloisi is hoping he will quickly get up to speed and potentially make his debut in next weekend's A-League game against Wellington.

Aloisi has to reshuffle his side for the Perth game, and could hand rookie left-back Connor O'Toole his A-League debut.

Another option is to use midfielder and skipper Matt McKay in the role vacated by Brown.

Either midfielder Jacob Pepper or teenager Dane Ingham are expected to get the nod at right-back, though Aloisi could also ask one of his central defenders - Jade North and Luke DeVere - to switch to full-back and drop Thomas Kristensen into the heart of defence.

Michael Theo will start against the Glory before handing over the gloves to Jamie Young for the Asian Champions League opener.

The Roar are 19/10 to beat Perth, who are 6/5 with the draw 14/5.

Brisbane are 15/4 to win the game by a one-goal margin.

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