Glory defender facing spell out
Perth Glory have been hit by the news defender Osama Malik is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a dislocated shoulder.
Glory have yet to begin their 2020/21 A-League campaign and the last thing head coach Richard Garcia needs is injuries to key players ahead of the opener against Adelaide United on 20th January.
Malik is no stranger to the treatment room after being hampered by a hamstring injury that restricted him to just 11 appearances in the 2019/20 campaign.
And he could be heading back there after suffering the shoulder injury in a practice match last week.
Garcia and his medical staff are still weighing up the situation and have yet to decide on what is the best route to go down with the 30-year-old's rehabilitation.
Surgery will mean a longer spell out, but Garcia has revealed there is a chance they could delay any operation, patch him up and play the season out.
"He's pulled up a little bit sore," Garcia said. "We are just waiting to see what type of rehab he needs for that. It might be a few weeks out.
"But it's also one of those that might be sooner rather than later, and possibly surgery in the off-season."
The Glory squad will be boosted however by the arrival of Japanese international Kosuke Ota and former Bundesliga defender Sebastian Langkamp.
The duo will miss the early part of the season but Garcia is looking forward to getting them both on board.
"We've got two experienced guys coming in that will definitely add to the young squad we've got and provide another set of mature guys to a bunch of young, aspiring footballers," Garcia added.
Glory are priced at 13.00 to win the minor premiership.
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