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Dec, 15, 2012

Berisha injures shoulder in Roar draw

Brisbane Roar's difficult A-League season is threatening to get trickier, with star striker Besart Berisha facing a stint on the sidelines through injury.

Berisha injured his shoulder in the Roar's 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

He was unable to lift his arm and had his shoulder iced and in a brace post-match, with coach Rado Vidosic admitting last season's leading goalscorer could face time out of the game.

He is set to have deeper medical scrutiny when the team returns to Brisbane on Sunday.

"It doesn't look good," Vidosic admitted.

"We'll see what happens tomorrow morning when we get home. At the moment he can't lift his arm, so maybe with the ligament in his shoulder."

Berisha fell awkwardly in a rugby-like tangle between him and Victory skipper Adrian Leijer early in the second half.

He attempted to return to the field after treatment, but was unable to play on.

Roar midfielder Mitch Nichols also sustained a back injury when he fell awkwardly, and is facing medical checks ahead of Brisbane's grand final rematch with Perth next Friday at Suncorp Stadium.

Victory midfielder Billy Celeski also injured his back during the draw with Brisbane.

He was withdrawn at halftime - coach Ange Postecoglou saying Celeski's back had "seized up".

His fitness will be monitored ahead of the derby against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park next weekend.

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