Glory skipper ruled out

Perth Glory Captain Jamie Coyne will miss the next three matches after scans last night revealed two small tears in his left calf.

Perth Glory Captain Jamie Coyne will miss the next three matches after scans last night revealed two small tears in his left calf.

Coyne felt some soreness following the Glory-s 3-1 win against Melbourne last Saturday night and was unable to train on Monday. Further examinations revealed the extent of the injury and the 27 year old will be required to rest for at least the next fortnight.

Coyne, who has led the team superbly and has been a standout performer in the Glory midfield, said he is bitterly disappointed to be sidelined during a crucial run of games for the club.

“The whole team has hit some form and we have a lot of confidence at the moment and to miss out for the next few games is disappointing,” said Coyne.

“It-s a waiting game for me now to see how it pulls up. I can-t put too much load on the leg at the moment and will do some cross-training and pool work to keep my fitness up.”

Coyne will not take part in the club-s back to back away games starting with Wellington this Saturday and then Sydney the following week. He is also unlikely to be ready for Glory-s home match on Boxing Day and is aiming to return to the line-up when Perth tackles Central Coast in Gosford on New Years Eve.

“We had a great result on the weekend and need to back it up away from home. It-s on us to take our home form and turn that into results when we-re on the road.

“As captain I desperately want to be there to help the boys, unfortunately I won-t be able to do that but I know the lads will step-up and get the wins we-re looking for.

“Even if I-m not playing I can still hopefully have a positive influence on the team and will be doing all that I can to ensure we keep pushing towards a finals spot,” Coyne said.