Zadkovich injury concerns may rush Wheelhouse back

CAPTAIN Jobe Wheelhouse could be rushed straight into the Jets starting line-up for the clash against Brisbane Roar after Ruben Zadkovich injured his knee at training on Tuesday.

Wheelhouse has not played since suffering a grade-one medial ligament tear in his right knee at training on December 4.

The 27-year-old midfield enforcer was close to a return in the scoreless draw against Adelaide but decided it was "a little too soon".

Rather than ease his way back off the bench, Wheelhouse may be propelled into the eleven as the Jets look to get their campaign back on track against Roar.

Zadkovich, who has led the side admirably in Wheelhouse's absence, will have scans on Thursday after limping off late in the session on Tuesday. The feisty midfielder got tangled with defender Tiago in a challenge and clutched at his right knee.

He received treatment from physiotherapist Rob Dingle before leaving the training pitch unaided and rushing off to see Jets doctor Neil Halpin.

Zadkovich, who notched his 100th A-League game against the Reds, joins Emile Heskey on the doubtful list.

The marquee striker strained his hip flexor in the first half against Adelaide and did not train on Tuesday.

Heskey and Zadkovich are the only Jets to have started every game this season.

Jacob Pepper has played the past four matches off the bench and is in contention for a start if Zadkovich is ruled out.

Ben Kantarovski is at least a month off returning from knee surgery. The Jets moved training forward to 7.30am on Tuesday to avoid the scorching conditions.

DOUBT: Ruben Zadkovich.

DOUBT: Ruben Zadkovich.


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