The talented, but extremely unlucky Adelaide born defender will again sit out a season after injurying ligaments in his knee this week, adding to the growing injury list of the champions.
Jordan Elsey, a player born again under Gui Amor is set to miss the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee as confirmed by Reds general manager of football Ante Kovacevic. Unfortunate timing for the 22 year old who was coming off a spate of injuries through the last 18 months, which once over come saw he become a key piece in the minor premiership and premiership puzzle for the reds.
Elsey’s injury leaves Adelaide short of numbers just 26 days away from the beginning of their title defence. Fellow defender Michael Marrone is recovering from a torn achillies suffered in the A-League grand final and is not expected to be back and full fit until the end of this year.
‘’ They’re (Adelaide’s medical staff) making sure I’m not pushing myself too early… but I feel really good, I’m happy with the way surgery went and now it’s just a matter of doing all the right things to get myself back,’’ said the defender.
The reds are also sweating on the fitness of key offensive pair, Sergio Cirio and Marcello Carrusca as well as defensive stalwart Iaccopo La Rocca. Cirio and La Rocca are expected to be fit and available for selection for the season opener against Newcastle, but Carrusca’s foot injury seems to be more serious. Suffered during the shock loss to Redlands United in the FFA Cup, the Argentine underwent scans which confirmed the injury to be worse than first thought, although, the club is not releasing much more on the issue.
As the season fast approaches, the list of fit players United has to choose from is shrinking. With new-signings such as Ben Garrucio, Jesse Makarounas, Henrique and Nikola Mileusenic to be looked at to help cover the creative loss of Carrusca.