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Roar deny goal drought concerns

  • Roar deny goal drought concerns

Brisbane Roar players are defiantly refuting the suggestion they're toothless without Olyroos pair Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello.

Since Maclaren and Borrello departed for national duties at the AFC under-23 championships in Qatar, the Roar have gone scoreless in their past two A-League matches.

A 0-0 draw against Wellington was backed up with a 4-0 hiding by Melbourne Victory last weekend, leaving the Roar without a goal in 209 minutes since Henrique's 61st minute strike in Brisbane's 2-1 win over Perth Glory earlier this month.

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Maclaren and Borrello have scored 12 of the Roar's 22 goals this season but defender Jack Hingert thinks the drought coinciding with the pair's absence is just coincidence.

"They're obviously two great players and they've scored a fair few of our goals but we've got plenty of players that have proven here in the past we can score goals," Hingert said.

"Even though these boys are away and it's obviously a loss losing those boys, we've still got boys who are going to come in and replace these players and do well.

"We're not too worried about that."

The Roar will need to find their scoring form against a resurgent Adelaide United on Friday night in Brisbane.

The Reds have won five and drawn two of their past seven fixtures.

Brisbane are also sweating on the fitness of skipper Matt McKay, who is battling a hip injury.

One player definitely ruled out is left-back Shane Stefanutto, who is suspended for the match with Corey Brown likely to come into the team in his place.

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