Mystery injury sidelines Roar's Berisha

WAYNE HEMING
Last updated 14:00 08/11/2012

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Brisbane's Besart Berisha will see a specialist to diagnose the mysterious abdominal injury which forced his late withdrawal from Friday night's A-League clash with Melbourne Heart and is set to sideline the star striker indefinitely.

Back-to-back losses have left Brisbane desperately needing to get their season back on track against the last-placed Heart.

It won't be so easy though with Berisha, their No.1 goal scorer, on the sidelines for an unknown period.

Mystified Roar coach Rado Vidosic revealed his Albanian international faced an indefinite stint on the sidelines until specialists could determine the cause of shooting pains in his abdomen which have the usually-bouncy Albanian Berisha "down in the dumps".

"He's no good. He's still having pain in his abdomen," Vidosic said after Berisha struggled through training.

The A-League's Golden Boot last season has had a series of cortisone injections in a bid to have him right for the highly-anticipated November 16 clash with Sydney FC and their superstar Alessandro Del Piero at Suncorp Stadium.

Berisha has been struggling with an abdominal injury for a month but, so far, all his scans including a MRI have failed to detect any soft-tissue problem.

"... Once we know more after this injection ... if we need to send him to a surgeon," said Vidosic.

"Nothing came up on any ultrasounds or MRIs or anything - it was all negative.

"It's having an effect on his training. You can see he is really down because he feels like he's letting the team down.

"He's not. We can play without him - we can survive without him until we know what his problem is."

Vidosic was not revealing his hand with a number of options available, including pushing German whiz Thomas Broich forward or playing Ben Halloran, Henrique or even 20-year-old Nick Fitzgerald in Berisha's spot.

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