Melbourne Victory’s Steve Kean has detailed the recoveries of Robbie Kruse and Nick Ansell, in the lead-up to tomorrow’s match against Western United at AAMI Park.
The Club will meet Western behind closed doors due to the seven-day lockdown imposed by the Victorian government.
“It is unfortunate, but the most important thing is making sure the members and fans stay safe and in a healthy environment,” Kean said.
“They [the fans] can show what they’ve showed us all along, that they’re behind us.
“If that’s behind us from home, then stay at home and support us from the TV,” he continued.
“Hopefully we can see them again before the end of the season.”
Kruse has missed Victory’s previous two games after picking up an injury away to Macarthur FC.
Kean is hopeful the members and fans will see the attacker in action soon.
“Robbie is back on the grass, but this game is a little too far for him.
“It’s disappointing but in all honesty, when we first saw the injury we thought it might’ve been more serious,” said the Head Coach.
Victory’s Ansell is closing in on his return to the squad but will miss the final ‘away’ match of the A-League season.
“He has progressed but has only done one session at full intensity,” Kean said.
“It would be a risk [to play him] as it was a grade one hamstring injury.”
Melbourne will also be without Aaron Anderson and will soon lose Dylan Ryan at centre-back.
“We need to make sure we get Nick as close to full fitness, bearing in mind we’re about to lose Ryan to the Olyroos.
“Aaron Anderson is also unavailable as he has a tightness in his groin so the squad will remain the same as last week.”