Broich expects Roar to cover Berisha loss

FOOTBALL: Playmaker Thomas Broich says the Brisbane Roar is not panicking, despite not having the services of Besart Berisha.

The Roar was unable to score a winning goal in the second half against Sydney FC last Friday night, leaving the game 1-all, after the star striker was forced from the field.

Receiving a red card, Berisha will now also miss Saturday night's Suncorp Stadium blockbuster against the Melbourne Victory, where a Brisbane win will secure it the Premiers' Plate.

But Broich predicted his team could cover Berisha, who is the league's equal highest goalscorer this season with 11.

"Ricky (Henrique), Dimi (Dimitri Petratos) and myself need to put the goals away, (and) I'm really confident that we can do it," Broich said. "Ricky is a fantastic player. He's scored some really important goals for us this season and I'm confident he can do it again.

CONFIDENT: Thomas Broich.
CONFIDENT: Thomas Broich.

 

"We've got a lot of players that can score.

"I know we've been relying heavily on Bessy, but we've found other players to score the goals instead."

Left-sided player Corey Brown will also miss the game against the Victory after having surgery to remove his appendix on Monday night.

The 20-year-old reportedly stopped breathing following the emergency surgery at Brisbane's Wesley Hospital.

He was released from hospital yesterday and is expected to miss a month of football

Brown's absence from Saturday's game will put more of an onus on veteran Shane Stefanutto to control the Roar's flank attack.

"He (Brown) had a fantastic game in Sydney and he would have been an option too as a winger to replace Bessy, but he's in hospital unfortunately," Broich said.

"We all know Shane's passing game is spot-on and he's ruthless too as a defender. He is so flawless - I can't remember a single mistake."



First steps taken to re-open major Mount Morgan attraction

premium_icon First steps taken to re-open major Mount Morgan attraction

Getting people back to the Fireclay Caverns top priority for council

Today in CQ: Everything you need to know for the day ahead

Today in CQ: Everything you need to know for the day ahead

Find out what's happening in Rockhampton, Yeppoon and surrounds

Bumbling cocaine dealers try selling to each other

premium_icon Bumbling cocaine dealers try selling to each other

Old habits die hard in cocaine plan slip-up

Local Partners