Season over for Papadopoulos
BRISBANE Roar defender Avraam Papadopoulos' troubled A-League season is over after he broke his ankle at training on Tuesday.
Less than a week after he was given a suspended 30-month jail sentence for illegally betting on matches in 2009 and 2010 during his time with Greek club Olympiakos, Papadopoulos' left ankle gave way during a shooting drill.
The 33-year-old Melbourne-born former Greek international will have surgery on Wednesday and will be sidelined for at least four months.
Papadopoulos also missed seven matches through suspension earlier this season after he was sent off for spitting in the direction of Sydney FC striker Matt Simon in November.
"It's been a difficult time for Avraam," Roar coach John Aloisi said.
"We'll fully supporthim through this and we know he'll work hard in his recovery and be ready for next season."
Papadopoulos was outstanding in the Roar's 1-0 weekend win over Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium.
His loss is a huge blow for the seventh-placed Brisbane, who will also be without Papadopoulos' central defensive partner Jade North when they return to A-League action on Saturday week against A-League leaders Sydney FC.
North injured his calf against Adelaide and won't recover in time for the trip to Sydney.
With centre-back Luke DeVere also out with a knee injury, Daniel Bowles and Jacob Pepper are likely to start together in the heart of Brisbane's defence against the Sky Blues at Allianz Stadium.