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Glory's Burns cleared of broken ribs

Perth Glory skipper Jacob Burns has been cleared of a cracked rib, but the former Socceroo will still miss Sunday's A-League clash with Gold Coast.

Burns initially feared he had broken at least one rib after copping an accidental elbow from Central Coast's Josh Rose on Sunday.

But scans in hospital revealed no break, clearing the path for Burns to feature in this season's finals.

The 33-year-old will remain in Perth this week, but is a chance to return against Melbourne Victory next week.

In further good news for the Glory, defenders Steve Pantelidis and Josh Mitchell are free to travel to the Gold Coast despite picking up their fifth yellow card of the season in the 1-0 win over the Mariners.

Under A-League rules, players are suspended for one match if they collect five yellow cards within the first 21 games of the season.

But the number of yellows needed for suspension rises to eight from round 22 onwards.

With 25 rounds of the season already played, Pantelidis and Mitchell are still three cards away from earning a suspension.

Third-placed Perth Glory are guaranteed a finals berth and will lock up a top-four spot with a win over last-placed Gold Coast.

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