Gallas gone after latest injury
Gallas gone after latest injury

Marquee man William Gallas may have played his last game for Perth Glory after suffering a hamstring injury during yesterday’s dramatic 2-1 win over Newcastle at nib Stadium.

The former English Premier League star hobbled off the pitch for treatment during the first half and was replaced by youngster Brandon O’Neill at the break.

Late goals from Nebojsa Marinkovic and Chris Harold sealed the result for Glory, ending a 10-match winless streak.

Gallas missed nearly two months with a calf injury suffered during his second game for Glory after signing a lucrative one-season contract in November.

He has battled several minor injuries in recent weeks and was under a cloud going into yesterday’s game.

Glory coach Kenny Lowe said he had brought Riley Woodcock into the match day squad as cover in case Gallas didn’t make it through the warm-up, but the 36-year-old central defender started the match.

Gallas will have scans on his right hamstring this morning and with only two games left in the season, may not play again for Glory.

“You saw last week (against Western Sydney) William had a knock and should’ve come off the pitch,” Lowe said.
“He actually went back on because he didn’t want to let the guys down.

“Today we actually brought Riley Woodcock into the group in case William rolled over in the warm-up, but he was adamant that he was OK.

“He’s a proud guy, he’s a winner, he wants to show that and be part of the club. He was just very honest in his endeavours today and maybe he shouldn’t have played, but that’s the type of guy he is.

“We’ll assess it, but even if it’s a grade one (tear), it’s going to be a couple of weeks.”

Chief executive Jason Brewer said last week a decision on Gallas’ future at Glory would be left to the club’s coach for next season.

Glory are likely to appoint a new coach – or offer interim boss Lowe a permanent position – within a fortnight.

The West Australian

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