The Wellington Phoenix will be without Paul Ifill for at
least the next month after the striker had his ankle operated
Ifill had the surgery to clean out his right ankle, and
physiotherapist Wayne Roberts said it would be four to six
weeks before he is back in action.
Head coach Ricki Herbert said it was disappointing to lose
such an influential player over what is a busy period, but it
was in the best interest of the striker to have the operation
"The injury has obviously been affecting Paul's form and,
rather than wait until the end of the season, I felt it best
to get it done now," Herbert said. "It is in his best
interest, and ours, to have him back to his best for the rest
of the season."
Ifill, who has been the club's best player since his arrival
in 2009, has been out of sorts this season and often been
substituted early in games. He was also the subject of racist
abuse in Wellington's 3-1 defeat to the Reds in Adelaide on
Sunday, an incident that is being investigated across the
The Phoenix, who are seventh on the A-league ladder, take on
Central Coast in Wellington on Saturday. Jeremy Brockie, who
missed the last game with a hamstring injury, is the obvious
replacement for Ifill in the starting side.