JETS coach Gary van Egmond expects Ben Kennedy will return to repel Harry Kewell and the Melbourne Victory at Ausgrid Stadium in 10 days after the groggy goalkeeper was ruled out yesterday from the game against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday night.
Kennedy has concussion and a broken nose after coming off second best from a goal-mouth collision with teammate Tarek Elrich early in the second half of Newcastle’s 2-1 loss to Brisbane Roar at Ausgrid last Saturday.
Van Egmond indicated regular understudy Matt Nash, who missed an opportunity to play against Brisbane because of a strained adductor muscle, was likely to start against the Reds.
That would leave 18-year-old Young Socceroos representative Jack Duncan, who replaced Kennedy to make his A-League debut against the Roar, on the bench as a back-up.
‘‘Nashy got through training today, which was good, so I’ll have another look at him and Jack on Thursday and decide then,’’ van Egmond said last night.
‘‘But I would suggest that the experience that Nashy has got, and he’s got through the training sessions, that he will be the goalkeeper.
‘‘Our medical advice with ‘BK’ was that he have one week off.
‘‘He’s had concussion previously, and he tried to play the following week and got the black spots in front of his eyes ... especially under the lights. So that was no good for him, and we’re going on the medical advice of [sports physician] Neil Halpin.’’
Van Egmond said he was unaware of all the details surrounding Dutch international Andy Slory’s sudden departure from Adelaide.
Slory announced yesterday that he was quitting soccer to return to The Netherlands to start a business, but van Egmond said the Jets were taking care of their own business.
‘‘What we have to do is ensure that we turn up with the right frame of mind, and that’s what we did against Brisbane,’’ he said.
‘‘We didn’t get the prize, but we definitely turned up with the right attitude.’’