Jack Hingert in action against the Kashima Antlers.
Jack Hingert in action against the Kashima Antlers.

Aloisi takes cautious approach with Hingert after face knock

FULLBACK Jack Hingert has been named in an extended 18-man Brisbane squad for the Roar's A-League clash with Wellington Phoenix despite the facial knock he copped in his side's 2-1 AFC Champions League win over Kashima Antlers.

A second-half head clash on Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium left Hingert floored and there were concerns about the state of his cheekbone.

He managed to finish the game but was set to have an x-ray on Thursday to find out the full extent of the damage.

"I'm not sure on Jack yet,” Roar coach John Aloisi.

"Instead of speculating, we'll wait to we get the results, otherwise we're just guessing.”

Central defender Jade North, who missed the win over Kashima due to a virus, is set to return against the Phoenix, but left back Corey Brown has been rested.

Brown is likely to be replaced by either New Zealand international Dane Ingham or Kye Rowles.

Spanish winger Manuel Arana hasn't recovered from the hamstring problem that forced him out of Wednesday's night squad.

As happy as Aloisi was about his side's win over Kashima, he said the Roar had to forget about the victory and focus on beating the Phoenix.

A win would improve Brisbane's chances of finishing in third spot on the A-League ladder ahead of the finals series, which starts next week.

"It's important that we recover well and switch our focus to the A-League, and we head into the finals in good form,” Aloisi said.

"This has been our plan the whole time to make sure we go into finals flying.”

Aloisi was wary of the Phoenix, despite the Kiwi outfit having no chance to play finals football.

"They've got nothing to play for, but they can be dangerous because they can just play free,” he said.

"They've got really good players, especially going forward. We have to be at our best to get the win.

"We have to pick ourselves up after a big game (against Kashima), but we feel we've got enough time to recover, and we feel the Champions League win will give us confidence.”

The Phoenix, who will finish in seventh spot regardless of what happens on Sunday, will be confident of a positive result, having beaten the Roar 2-1 at Suncorp Stadium on February 25.


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