Perth Glory midfielder Jacob Burns will have scans on his left quadriceps after suffering an injury at training today.The skipper limped off the park towards the end of this morning’s session and immediately applied ice to his leg.
Burns will have scans tonight and is in doubt for Saturday’s clash with second-placed Newcastle at nib Stadium.
The high-flying Jets have won three of their four games this season but also have injury concerns, with Ben Katarovski suffering a right knee injury at training yesterday.
Marquee man Emile Heskey will headline the clash at nib Stadium and Glory defender Bas van den Brink said he was looking forward to the prospect of facing former England striker.
Heskey has lit up the A-League and dragged fans through the gates since joining the Jets, scoring four goals in as many games.
He scored twice in Newcastle’s 2-1 home win over Melbourne Victory last week to shoot to the top of the scoring charts.
“It’s going to be a difficult task but they’ve got a good side anyway even without Heskey,” van den Brink said.
“But obviously Heskey’s now the main man and scoring goals
“I think he had a bit of luck with his last goal, but still he scores goals so we have to be very careful with him.
“If we can keep him from scoring goals then obviously that’s a big advantage for us.”
Glory striker Shane Smeltz trained away from the main group this morning and remains doubtful for this week after damaging his hamstring while on international duty with New Zealand.
Billy Mehmet has impressed in Smeltz’s absence and has scored two goals this season, including a late winner against reigning champions Brisbane in round one.
“It will be really good to have Shane back but I think Billy has done really great so far and he’s scoring goals as well,” van den Brink said.
“As the Jets can’t rely on Heskey, we can’t only rely on Shane. We’ve got enough quality in the squad to fill that gap up.”
Van den Brink returns to the starting line-up this week to partner Michael Thwaite in the centre of defence.He replaces Steve Pantelidis, who was banned for one week after being sent off in last week’s loss to Sydney FC.
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