Paul Ifill will have scans on his ankle and knee today after the Wellington Phoenix star suffered an injury scare at Porirua Park on Tuesday night.
The English striker limped off after being caught in a contest for the ball in the club's 4-0 pre-season win over Petone, and ended the night on crutches.
X-rays had cleared Ifill of broken bones in his right leg, a Phoenix spokesman said yesterday but he would not speculate further until results from today's scans were available.
Ifill, 32, is the Phoenix's best attacking player and the club's record goal-scorer with 28 goals from 72 A-League games.
But he has a history of injuries, including a nasty membrane tear in his left leg in 2010 and groin problems last season.
Spanish midfielder Dani Sanchez is also in doubt for the Phoenix's October 6 season opener against Alessandro Del Piero and Sydney FC in Wellington.
Sanchez had minor surgery on his troublesome knee this week and, although walking without the aid of crutches, is touch and go for Sydney.
"He'd been having trouble with the knee and it needed to be sorted. The surgery went well," the spokesman said.
"He might not be available for the first game of the season but he won't be far behind." Lucas Pantelis, who is yet to play a game for the Phoenix, is in Adelaide recovering from his serious knee injury, but the news is brighter for Vince Lia and Jimmy Downey.
Both missed the pre-season tour of India with knee problems.
"I would expect them to be coming into contention for the start of the season. They're running at the moment and they'll probably be taking a full part in training very shortly," the spokesman said.
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