NEWCASTLE may rest injured American midfielder Tori Huster for the home W-League clash with Canberra on Sunday as they assess the damage from their trying trip, on and off the pitch, to Melbourne.
The Jets did not get home until the early hours of Monday after they missed their flight back to Newcastle following their 5-2 loss to defending champions Melbourne City on Sunday at AAMI Park in round three.
Delays before and during the game and a bus mix-up at the airport afterwards meant Newcastle instead took a later flight to Sydney.
The long trip home came after a bruising encounter with City in which Natasha Prior suffered a possible concussion and jaw injury when hit in the face with a strike and Huster aggravated a toe problem.
Newcastle coach Craig Deans was waiting on an assessment of Prior but said Huster may need to have a week off. Huster came off in the 71st minute of the 2-0 win over Sydney in round two with the injury.
“I don’t want to take a huge risk with Tori,” Deans said.
“If we have to give her a break because it will be better for her longer term, we might have to look at doing that. We might have to wait until Thursday and Friday to make a call on that.”
The Jets had two wins to start the season but now go into their first game at their new training base, No.2 Sportsground, on Sunday needing to bounce back.
Deans hoped for a strong show of support from fans after solid crowds to the club’s A-League/W-League double headers. This week the W-League side play at 4.30pm and share the stage with the club’s Youth League team, who open their season against Central Coast at 7.30pm.
”Obviously the weekend was important in trying to build momentum,” he said.
“If we got a result and been top of the table, it makes it more appealing, but we didn’t. We just need to try to get as many there as we can.
“With the two home games we got some decent support so hopefully we can get most of those people back, and with the youth game after ours, people still get the chance to see two good games.”