Townsville Bulletin

Goweid on last legs

INJURY TO RULE OLYMPIC WEAPON OUT OF CRAD EVANS

- MATTHEW ELKERTON

MA OLYMPIC have not given up hope attacking weapon Tony Goweid can line-up for their shot at the North Queensland football treble.

But the Victorian midfielder is rated worse than a 50-50 chance to play against Edge Hill United.

Goweid, who scored a double in the side’s Premier League grand final triumph over Brothers, suffered a serious knee injury late in the fixture after he was collected by keeper Mikel Breckenrid­ge.

An MRI scan revealed a small tear in a ligament in the same knee Goweid had surgically repaired in the past.

MA Olympic coach Paul Roncato said Goweid did not train on Tuesday, but would be given until Thursday night to prove his fitness.

“Time is against us, we were fighting the clock and I think the clock won,” Roncato said. “The right decision to make is to look at the big picture for next year and put the player’s health first.

“He is only a young man and the last thing you want is a second reconstruc­tion on the same knee at 22. He has a physiother­apist appointmen­t on Thursday and we will give him a chance to train with the side, but as it stands he will not take the field this weekend.”

It is a major blow to MA Olympic’s chances at the elusive North Queensland treble.

The attacking midfielder has been a key part of the club’s premiershi­p success this season, leading the side with 18 goals from 17 games.

He scored a crucial double in their semi-final win over Brothers before backing that up with another double in the grand final.

Roncato said if the star midfielder was ruled out of the grand final, that he would still travel with the side to Cairns’ Tiger Park as added support on the sideline.

As for how he replaced Goweid on the field, Roncato played his cards close to his chest but suggested there were several options including regular starters Brendan Lund and Jake Perry who have come off the bench in the Football Queensland North finals series.

“I will get through Thursday night at training before I make a final decision but there will be some positional changes to the team,” he said.

“I don’t want to disrupt the side too badly but with the depth we have got in the club, we will come up with the right decision to take on Edge Hill.

“I believe it is going to be a very tough and physical game. It will be a cracker.”

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