Minniecon Injury Puts His Season at Risk

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The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers are in the market for another player to replace injured attacking forward Tahj Minniecon.

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers are in the market for another player to replace injured attacking forward Tahj Minniecon.

Coach Tony Popovic revealed today that Minniecon was likely to require surgery on his injured foot and would be out for the remainder of the season.

“We are still looking (for another player), we would like to add one more (player to the squad),” Popovic said ahead of Sunday-s match against Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

“Tahj Minniecon looks like he will be out for the rest of the year with a foot problem.

“He may need surgery on that.

“There is another opportunity to add another member to the squad and if we feel there is someone out there that may bring something to the team and the squad then we will certainly do our very best to bring them in.”

The Wanderers signed left winger Rocky Visconte after he was released by the Roar 11 days ago to take its squad to 22.

Losing Minniecon meant the Wanderers might have another spare spot in the squad.

Popovic said Visconte could be called up to play his old team.

“He is getting there and he is getting used to new surroundings and a new environment and a slightly different way of playing and he has adjusted well and fitted in well with the group,” Popovic said.

“He is a very good young professional and is very ambitious and he wants to get to the highest level he possibly can.

“So we will do our very best to help him get there.

“He is certainly in the squad this week and we will have a look at him today and tomorrow and see whether he will feature on the weekend.”

Striker Dino Kresinger was also a strong chance of returning from a knee injury on Sunday.

Popovic said the Wanderers were ready for anything against the Roar who was playing without luck and may inject new signing, Socceroo Jade North, straight into the team.

The Wanderers scored their first goal and won their first ever match at Suncorp in Round Four.

They also beat Brisbane 1-0 at Parramatta Stadium in Round Ten.

“We went there without a goal and just one point and we got a very good victory (the first time around),” Popovic said.

“We go there as a confident outfit all over the park and we have to be well prepared against a dangerous outfit.

“We don-t take any opponent lightly and especially not the reigning Champions.”

Captain Michael Beauchamp said a lot had changed since the team-s first match at Suncorp.

“A lot has happened and for us personally and I think we are getting better and better,” Beauchamp said.

“In saying that Brisbane Roar has been playing some good football but unfortunately has not been getting the results.

“They are still a tough team, especially up there in their own stomping ground and we are going up there in the right frame of mind and looking forward to a tough match.”

The Wanderers- next home game is against Melbourne Heart FC on Saturday January 26 at 7.45pm at Parramatta Stadium. Kids will be allowed in for free.