Perth Glory’s drama-filled week hit another low note on Sunday after star winger Ryo Nagai was injured in the club’s 0-0 A-League draw with Adelaide at nib Stadium.
Nagai was carried off the ground by two trainers in the 77th minute after appearing to injure his hamstring while sprinting towards goal.
In a match blighted by poor errors from both sides, Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic made a few sharp saves in the first half to ensure his team escaped with a share of the spoils.
The result left Perth three points adrift of the top-six, while Adelaide are a further three points behind.
That gap will widen if Central Coast pick up any points in their clash with Western Sydney on Monday night.
The Glory entered the match under the spotlight following the mid-week sacking of coach Alistair Edwards.
The former Socceroo was given his marching orders following a player revolt led by skipper Jacob Burns, with the issue of nepotism central to their concerns.
Burns was reinstated to the starting line-up by interim coach Kenny Lowe, but there was no room for Ryan Edwards, who according to the club had been struck down by a bout of gastro on Friday.
However, his brother Cameron, who had featured mostly off the bench this season, was handed a rare start before being subbed in the 58th minute.
Burns received mostly cheers when his name was read out pre-game, but there were a few boos around.
The 35-year-old didn’t enjoy his best outing, committing a series of mistakes after experiencing what must have been a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the week.
Although Glory controlled play for much of the first half, it was Adelaide who created the better opportunities.
Vukovic did well to block out Marcelo Carrusca’s long-range effort, and the custodian pulled off a brilliant reflex save with his legs in the 40th minute to deny Jeronimo Nuemann.
Adelaide started the second half brightly, with playmaker Jeronimo causing Perth’s defence a few problems.
But the visitors couldn’t find a clear-cut path to goal, with the match ending in a tame draw in front of 9436 fans.