Defender Simon Colosimo has been ruled out of Melbourne Heart FC’s crunch Hyundai A-League Elimination Final against Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday.
Defender Simon Colosimo has been ruled out of Melbourne Heart FC-s crunch Hyundai A-League Elimination Final against Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday.
Colosimo, 33, injured his hamstring during Wednesday-s training session at the La Trobe University Sports Fields in Bundoora, and despite hopes he would recover in time, Head Coach John van ‘t Schip revealed the former Socceroo would not make the trip to Perth.
Admitting Colosimo-s absence is a massive blow, van ‘t Schip said youngster Brendan Hamill would be elevated to the starting line-up in his place, creating another vacancy for a fringe player to enter the fold, with side-s able to name five players on the bench during the Finals Series.
“Simon injured his hamstring on Wednesday. It is a big loss and we can make a big deal about it,” he said.
“But Brendan and Curtis (Good) showed that they are capable of playing at a very high level and now they have to show it together. It's a great challenge.
“We hope if we go through he (Simon) can be available for the next game but first we have to make sure we win this game.”
Melbourne Heart FC will depart for Perth tomorrow morning, staging a late afternoon training session at the University of Western Australia Sports Park.