The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Brat­tan says Roar can claim ti­tle with­out him

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

LUKE Brat­tan has fronted his Bris­bane team­mates about his ex­pected de­par­ture from the club, but Roar of­fi­cials re­main adamant they will fight to keep the Soc­ceroos midfielder.

Brat­tan, who on Fri­day gained a favourable ver­dict from an in­de­pen­dent ar­bi­tra­tor in his bid to leave the Roar on a free trans­fer be­cause of un­paid su­per­an­nu­a­tion, at­tended Bris­bane’s train­ing ses­sion yesterday.

While fel­low Soc­ceroo Matt McKay trained be­fore the pair de­parted to­day for the World Cup qual­i­fier against Bangladesh in Perth on Thurs­day, Brat­tan’s main rea­son for be­ing there was to get his boots from the dress­in­groom.

He also ad­dressed the Roar squad, some of who re­main shocked about the events of last week, telling them there was enough tal­ent in the Bris­bane ranks to win a fourth ALeague ti­tle in six years.

McKay and Brat­tan won’t be the only play­ers miss­ing from Bris­bane’s line-up when the Roar take on a Gold Coast Premier League Se­lect XI at South­port Football Club to­day.

Striker Jean Car­los Solorzano had been ex­pected to re­turn from a foot in­jury, but his come­back has been de­layed.

Vet­eran left full­back Shane Ste­fanutto, who in­jured his ham­string in the Roar’s re­cent 1-0 trial loss to Mel­bourne Vic­tory, is also out, while goal­keeper Jamie Young (hip) joins fel­low glove­man Michael Theo (wrist) on the side­lines.

Den­ver Crick­more or Tom Bilic – the Roar’s two youth squad keep­ers – will start.

To­day’s match at Ash­more Vil­lage Park kicks off at 3pm.

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