Leo Bertos. Photo by Getty
Wellington Phoenix pair Leo Bertos and Alex Smith have been
cleared of serious injury and will be available for
Saturday's A-League match in Melbourne.
There were fears the pair would miss the clash with the
fourth-placed Melbourne Victory after both took heavy blows
to the face late in the 2-1 loss to Brisbane yesterday.
Defender Bertos left the field after being dazed by a head
clash but was later deemed fine by a match doctor.
Scans ruled out the initial diagnosis of a broken cheekbone
for midfielder Smith, a 76th minute replacement for Manny
Smith suffered bruising from an incident Phoenix coach Ricki
Herbert hoped would be reviewed as he suggested a stray Roar
elbow was the cause.
Herbert will need to make at least one change to his starting
11 after teenage striker Tyler Boyd was sent off and must
serve and automatic one-game ban.
Boyd, 18, picked up his second yellow card 18 minutes into
the second half and his place in the match day squad of 15
will be filled by midfielder Cameron Lindsay, who is with the
team in Australia.
Bertos was forced off after all the substitutions had been
used, reducing the Phoenix to nine men for the closing
A reshuffled front division is likely this week for the
Phoenix, who dropped a place to seventh, a point behind the
Winger Benjamin Totori and striker Stein Huysegems were used
off the bench and one or both could start alongside Jeremy
Brockie, who cracked his league-leading 10th goal of the
season in spectacular long-range fashion late in the first
The match degenerated after Brisbane scored through Ben
Halloran with half an hour remaining to follow Besart
Berisha's 14th minute opener.
Boyd's fate was matched by Brisbane defender James Donachie,
who picked up a second yellow card with four minutes left.
Striker Berisha earned a yellow card for dissent after
arguing that Muscat had elbowed Brisbane youngster Nick
Fitzgerald, an act that could be looked at by the match