Fraser in doubt for crunch soccer clash
? THE Frenchville Sports Club Cap- ricorn Cougars could be without at- tacking weapon Tristan Fraser for this weekend's must-win Football Queensland State Cup match.
A knee injury has left Fraser in doubt for the Cougars' top-of-the-ta- ble clash with Brisbane club Roche- dale Rovers, at Rockhampton's Ryan Park on Saturday night.
Fraser suffered the injury during last weekend's 1-0 away win over the Sunshine Coast.
Work commitments have also dis- rupted the Cougars' preparations this week, with six players missing Tuesday night's training session.
The Cougars, Sunshine Coast and Rochedale are joint leaders of their group and a win on Saturday night on home soil can seal a semi-final spot for the Cougars.
Cougars coach Justin Kilshaw said it was not the ideal preparation heading into the crunch game.
"It's the most important game of the season and it's probably the most disjointed week we've had at training,'' Kilshaw said.
"But every challenge I've thrown at them already this season, they've reached it and this weekend is an- other step up.''
Kilshaw rates Fraser a "50-50 chance'' of playing and admitted the central midfielder would be sorely missed if he is ruled out.
"It will be a huge blow if we lose him,'' Kilshaw said.
"He's got a fantastic attitude and there's no doubting his ability ? it's one of the best in Rockhampton.''
Young defender Cameron Draper will miss the Rochedale clash due to his school formal, but Lindsay Dean is set to make a return when Kil- shaw announces his squad at train- ing tonight.