NPL: Bren Hammel joins casualty list on World Cup return

Bren Hammel, right, in action for Lambton.
Bren Hammel, right, in action for Lambton.

Lambton Jaffas had hoped Bren Hammel would bolster their squad on the weekend after returning from his World Cup adventure, but the midfielder is not expected back anytime soon. 

Hammel injured his knee late against Edgeworth on June 2 but played through the following Saturday’s FFA Cup win over Port United after having fluid drained and a cortisone injection.

He was expected to be fully fit again on his return from Russia but the swelling has not subsided.

Joel Griffiths (hamstring), Michael Kantarovski (suspended), Jobe Wheelhouse (away) Nathan Verity (broken jaw) and Luke Remington (broken hand) are others sidelined this week.

THIS WEEK: Wednesday: C'town v Hamilton. Saturday: Jaffas v Valentine. Sunday: Maitland v Jets Yth, Eagles v Hamilton, Magic v Adamstown, Weston v C'town.

THIS WEEK: Wednesday: C'town v Hamilton. Saturday: Jaffas v Valentine. Sunday: Maitland v Jets Yth, Eagles v Hamilton, Magic v Adamstown, Weston v C'town.

** Broadmeadow coach Ruben Zadkovich expects to have his leading scorer, James Virgili, back for Sunday’s clash with Adamstown after his trip to China with the Newcastle Jets.

Magic missed Virgili in a frustrating 1-0 loss to Charlestown on Sunday which handed the ladder lead to Edgeworth.

Virgili has indicated he will be right to train this week but Zadkovich expected to give him a lighter load ahead of the Rosebud game.

Zadkovich said seven of his players were below-par against Charlestown in a loss that could prove costly.

** It was a forgettable day on the pitch for Valentine on Sunday as they lost 2-1 to Lake Macquarie, but off the field, the club were kicking goals for the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.

Valentine’s senior, junior, youth and women’s grades wore pink socks and helped raise funds as part of the Boot Out Breast Cancer campaign over four days. The club’s efforts raised $12,031.10.