John Aloisi keep his focus on Wanderers
AN under-strength Brisbane Roar will go into the first of two games in four days at Suncorp Stadium Friday night with coach John Aloisi focusing on Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Roar, who have seven first-team players currently nursing injuries, will host A-League leaders Sydney FC on Monday but Aloisi said he could not look past the Wanderers.
"At the moment we're not thinking too much about Monday, we're mainly focusing on tomorrow,” Aloisi said.
"We want to put out an XI that's going to win the game.
"But we also have to keep in mind the quick turnaround and we'll decide after the game whether we can rotate any players or freshen up some players for the next game.”
Goalkeeper Michael Theo (finger), marquee Brett Holman (calf), defender Jade North (groin), winger Eric Bautheac (hamstring), midfielder Joe Caletti (ankle), utility Ivan Franjic (quad) and forward Nick D'Agostino (ankle) will all miss tonight's clash.
In a bid to get to the bottom of the number of injuries, Aloise has employed the services of Socceroos experts Les Gelis and Craig Duncan.
Long-time national team physiotherapist Gelis and sports scientist Duncan were interested onlookers at yesterday's training session at Ballymore.
"They've come up to see what's going on, how we're working,” Aloisi said.
"I know them well, they know me well. They're great at what they do and great people.
"The Socceroos have been fortunate to have them involved for so long as especially Les, who I've known since I made my debut with the national team at 21. We go back a few years.
"It's good to have them here and just pick their brain on a few things.”
Aloisi said last month the Roar had to look outside the club for insight on the root causes of their "ridiculous” casualty list, amid concerns it could be linked to the team's training facilities or understaffed sports science department.
As well as the injuroes, captain Matt McKay and stopper Avraam Papadopoulos are also suspended for two more games.
However, Aloisi confirmed Daniel Bowles (hamstring) would be fit to return against the Wanderers, while one or two others may be available for the Sky Blues clash.
Meanwhile, Aloisi did not want to go into a decision from the FFA not to postpone their January 27 A-League clash against the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford, which comes three days before a likely AFC Champions League playoff in China.
"I'll make comment on that later down the track. I think everyone knows my thoughts about it anyway,” he said.