Roar star Broich confined to crutches
German wizard Thomas Broich put on a brave face but his snail's pace exit from Brisbane's dressing room on crutches on Tuesday painted a different story about his chances of playing in Friday night's A-League semi-final against Western Sydney.
"I've still got some time," said Broich, who was unexpectedly confronted by a gaggle of journalists who'd just interviewed Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie and halfback Will Genia about their Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs this weekend.
Broich looked 100-1 to play as he hobbled to his car on crutches but Roar coach Mike Mulvey expressed confidence both his attacking general and Luke Brattan would play after scans cleared them of any structural damage out of last Sunday's elimination final win over Adelaide United.
Broich (lower leg) and Brattan, who was collected in a high challenge, face fitness tests later in the week.
However Mulvey said on Tuesday both had responded positively to treatment over the past 48 hours and he was confident they'd be fit to play.
"We're delighted with the progress both players have made over such a short period of time in regards to their respective injuries," Mulvey said.
"We have an excellent medical staff at the club and their diligence has been of paramount importance since the game on Sunday. I'm extremely confident both players will take to the field and play their part on Friday."
The medical report on fullback Jack Hingert was not so good, his scans confirming a high grade injury to ligaments in his right ankle, ruling him out of action for 4-6 weeks.
"We're bitterly disappointed for Jack, Mulvey said.
"He's a quality player and has been excellent for us in recent weeks."
A Wanderers grand final win would be a magical story after the club was given Buckley's hope when coach Tony Popovic pulled together a group of little known players from scratch.
But Brisbane have the lure of a third consecutive grand final which would elevate them to the most successful team in A-League history.