Roar star remains sidelined

Former Socceroos striker Scott McDonald’s frustrating injury run continues, with the Brisbane Roar marksman sidelined for another week with an ankle problem.

Having missed four successive matches with a hamstring injury, McDonald returned for the Roar’s 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers on April 3.

However, the comeback lasted only one match, the ex-Celtic forward a late withdrawal from Brisbane’s squad for the Roar’s 2-1 away win over Macarthur FC last Friday due to an ankle injury.

And having only returned to running on Thursday, 37-year-old McDonald was not considered for selection for the Roar’s Friday night return bout with the Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium.

But in better news for the Roar, fullback Jack Hingert has been named in Brisbane’s squad after making a quicker-than-expected recovery from a knee injury he suffered less than two weeks ago.

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“That’s fantastic news,” Roar coach Warren Moon said.

“That’s not something we thought was a possibility two weeks ago, so we’re really happy with the diagnosis and the recovery, so it’s a bonus to take Jack with us (to Sydney).”

The seventh-placed Roar sit five points behind the Wanderers on the A-League table but have played three less matches than Western Sydney.

Seven of the Wanderers’ 17 matches have finished in draws, much to the frustration of Western Sydney coach Carl Robinson.

“We’ve drawn too many games this year,” Robinson said.

“We want to start winning more games than we draw. That’s been our downfall recently.

“If you can go on a run and get two or three wins, it puts you right back in the mix.”

The Wanderers are backing up from a 1-1 draw with Adelaide United.

It was a point secured by former Ireland international Simon Cox’s first goal in more than two months.

“When you bide your time and you get you opportunity, you have to take it,” Cox said.

“I’m here to score goals but ultimately it’s to help the team.”

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