Phoenix lose Carlos Hernandez for Perth fixture

Last updated 10:47 04/12/2013

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Star playmaker Carlos Hernandez has been ruled out of the Wellington Phoenix's away game against Perth Glory on Friday.

Hernandez injured his quad in Sunday's stalemate against Western Sydney and coach Ernie Merrick said he would be out for at least one week as the 2.5cm tear heals.

Midfielder Albert Riera, who injured his groin on Sunday, will fly with the team today and his fitness will be evaluated on match day.

New Zealand under-17 midfielder Matthew Ridenton will travel with the team as cover.

Leading striker Jeremy Brockie has been declared fit after missing Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.

Left back Reece Caira returns to the squad in place of the suspended Manny Muscat.

Merrick said Stein Huysegems was likely to fill Hernandez's boots as the No 10 playmaker in behind the strikers.

While the loss of Hernandez and Muscat is a big blow for the winless Phoenix, Perth are even more ravaged by injury and suspension, including the loss of Shane Smeltz (ankle) for up to four weeks.

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