Unlucky break for Coast star
KINGSCLIFF'S young Gold Coast United star James Brown, faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines after he fractured his leg at training yesterday.
Brown, 19, is one of United's most promising young players, but went down awkwardly after attempting to spin away from his marker in a training session and was quickly ferried to hospital for x-rays.
The injury means Brown will miss the much-anticipated clash with English Premier League side Fulham at Skilled Park on July 8, but he should be able to return to the field in time for the start of the A-League in early August.
United physiotherapist David Battersby said Brown's injury had been diagnosed as an undisplaced fracture of the right fibula, and did not require surgery.
“It was a non-contact injury. He caught his foot in the ground, slipped a little then rolled forward on it,” Battersby said.
“There was an audible crack, which is of course suspicious, and as soon as we examined him it was apparent that we were dealing with a fracture.”
Brown will have to wear a protective 'boot' and keep weight off the leg for at least a fortnight, but could be back at full training in about eight weeks.
United head coach Miron Bleiberg said Brown would bounce back from the injury despite the disappointment of missing the chance to play against Mark Schwarzer's Fulhman side, which finished seventh in the EPL.
“It is obviously very upsetting and frustrating for James that he will miss the game against Fulham, but he has his whole career in front of him and he will be back both better and stronger,” Bleiberg said.
“He can set a target of the start of the A-League season for his comeback and he will play in plenty of games this season.
“James is a top young player, a lovely guy, and this is a setback for him, but the main thing is that we know he will recover fully.”