Injury could keep Oskar Zawada out of Phoenix line-up for up to four weeks

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Star striker Oskar Zawana could be sidelined for up to four weeks by his thigh injury, Wellington Phoenix head coach Giancarlo Italiano has revealed.

In his media briefing before the Phoenix play Western Sydney Wanderers in Saturday’s Isuzu-UTE A-League fixture, Italiano said he was still unable to call on Zawada, with the striker remaining sidelined with the thigh contusion which ruled him out of last Monday’s trip to Sydney where the team beat Macarthur 3-0.

“We’re still assessing the extent of the injury. He’s had a couple of days off feet. He had some late bleeding in the contusion. It might be a grade three tear so he might be out potentially for four weeks,” Italiano said.

“We’ll find out a little bit later, hopefully early next week. We’ll see how his injury settles down. He had some fluid drained out of his thigh.

“It’s progressing better than what we thought but at this stage it’s too early to make a call.”

Zawada was the leading goalscorer for the Phoenix last season and was last season’s club Player of the Year.

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Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers
Sky Stadium, Wellington, 5.30pm (NZT)

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