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Broich, Bowles in doubt for Brisbane Roar

  • Broich, Bowles in doubt for Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar marquee man Thomas Broich and defender Daniel Bowles are both in doubt for Friday's A-League clash against Melbourne City.

Both players suffered minor injuries in Sunday's 1-0 win over Perth Glory, but the short five-day break between matches could make it difficult for them to back up.

Broich is the greater concern, having taken a knock to his knee almost on the full-time whistle.

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As his teammates celebrated the win, Broich sat strewn on the turf as club medical staff came to his attention.

Bowles, meanwhile, managed to play on despite copping a corked leg in the second half.

"It's a quick turnaround, so you don't know how they're going to pull up," said Roar boss John Aloisi, who is set to coach against his old club, formerly known as Melbourne Heart, for the first time.

"I know Bowlesy got a pretty bad corky at the time, but he was able to run it off and continue on.

"I haven't really seen Thomas. He got studded near his medial (ligament).

"Hopefully it's just a slight knock and he should be alright as well."

The Roar were already depleted, with striker Jean Carlos Solorzano (hamstring) injured, and captain Matt McKay, in-form Jamie Maclaren and left-back Corey Brown all on international duty.

There are no guarantees any of them will be back in time to face City, with McKay - currently in Singapore preparing for the Socceroos' World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh - due back in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

"I don't know when he gets back how he's going to feel," Aloisi said.

"I know that he gets back Wednesday night, we'll see how he pulls up Thursday and then I'll make the decision - not only with Matty, but Jamie Maclaren and Corey Brown.

"It's not ideal, they're only coming back only a day or two before the game.

"It is what it is, we had to deal with it this week and it gives others an opportunity."

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