Brutal O’Toole blow sours Roar’s magic comeback
The joy that emanated from the Brisbane camp following the Roar's comeback 2-2 draw with Western Sydney was tempered by news that fullback Connor O'Toole is likely to miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg.
The victim of a tackle that earnt Wanderers defender Tate Russell a yellow card, O'Toole limped off the field as the Roar trailed 2-0 in the dying stages of Friday night's clash at Suncorp Stadium.
When all seemed lost for the struggling Roar, stoppage-time goals from Danish substitute Tobias Mikkelsen and Adam Taggart, who scored after Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic needlessly gave away a corner, secured the hosts a draw.
It was not until Saturday morning that O'Toole discovered he had fractured a bone in his leg.
While there was some good news in that he won't require surgery, 21-year-old O'Toole almost certainly won't play again this season.
"It's disappointing for Connor, but he can be proud of his efforts this season," interim Roar coach Darren Davies said. "He's got so much potential. There aren't many left-footed players in the A-League that have his attributes.
"He's only going to get better and better as his career continues."
O'Toole joins defender Avraam Papadopoulos (buttock), and attacking midfielders Stefan Mauk (groin) and Brett Holman (knee) on the Roar's injury list.
Papadopoulos was on Saturday linked with a return to his former club, Greek heavyweights Olympiacos, by Greek website agonasport.com
Currently in Greece to receive treatment for his injury, veteran Papadopoulos is reportedly "hungry to rejoin Olympiacos".
Davies said the club was yet to receive any offers for the 34-year-old former Greece international, whose Roar contract expires at the end of the season.
With less than a week until the transfer window closes, the Roar remain keen to sign injury-replacement players for at least one of their three long-term casualties ¬ Holman, Mauk and O'Toole.
Brisbane's thin numbers will be boosted by the availability of captain Matt McKay, marquee man Eric Bautheac and defender Jacob Pepper, who also missed the draw with Western Sydney through suspension, for Saturday's clash against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.
Depending on the formation Davies opts for, McKay could be a contender to replace O'Toole in the left fullback/wingback role. Other possibilities to play in O'Toole's usual spot include Stefan Nigro and Dane Ingham.
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