Scans on injured Sydney FC Captain Alex Wilkinson’s foot have revealed the injury isn’t as bad as first feared, and the skipper is hoping to be fit for next Saturday’s Farewell To Jubilee Stadium match against Melbourne Victory in Kogarah (May 7th).
Wilkinson returned home yesterday and went straight for scans on the injury fearing a stress fracture.
However today he received more positive news.
“It’s not as bad as we thought,” he said. “We got some initial scans in Vietnam which suggested a stress fracture which would have ruled me out for the rest of the season, so the decision was made to come home and get it checked out further.
“The scans we received today showed more clearly that it wasn’t that bad an injury and I’m hoping to be part of the squad to face Melbourne next weekend.
“It’s still quite painful but I’ll be in rehab every day in order to get fit in time with it being a crucial game.
“The boys are back on Wednesday so I’m hoping to rejoin the squad on Thursday.”
Head Coach Steve Corica said: “It’s good news that it’s not a fracture and we expect Wilko will be fit by next weekend once the soreness has calmed down.
“He’s been in a boot for over a week which has helped it and once he has had a bit of a rest, he should be back in training next Thursday and available for the Melbourne game on the Saturday.”
Sydney FC must win the Big Blue against their Melbourne rivals to still be in with a chance of making the Finals.
Two wins from the last two matches will take the Sky Blues to 37 points with a 5th or 6th place finish still a possibility.