BREAKING NEWS
Mark Weldon steps down as CEO of TV3 parent company MediaWorks ... Read more
Close

Phoenix's Paul Ifill sidelined up to six weeks

Last updated 10:26 20/12/2012
Paul Ifill
SIDELINED: Paul Ifill is set to be out of action for up to six weeks.

Related Links

Police searching for fan who racially abused Ifill Phoenix players remain shell-shocked by abuse Phoenix need the talent to back up the talk Loss to Adelaide not all bad for Phoenix

Relevant offers

National

New Zealand equestrian star Andrew Nicholson withdraws from Badminton All Blacks poisoned in 1995 Rugby World Cup by betting syndicates - bodyguard UCI to test thousands of bicycles at Olympics, Tour de France for motors Atletico Madrid into Champions League final after loss to Bayern Munich Jamie Vardy lookalike joins Leicester City celebrations after completing mail run Kiwi cyclist Sam Bewley secures Giro d'Italia ride with Orica-GreenEDGE Recap: Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid - Uefa Champions League semifinal Phil Gould: Overheated market contributed to Parramatta Eels salary cap drama Brendon McCullum fails as Gujrat Lions hammered by Delhi Daredevils in IPL 'I knew at Christmas Leicester would win title', says manager Claudio Ranieri

The Wellington Phoenix's problems have been compounded with star striker Paul Ifill ruled out of A-League action for at least a month, and possibly six weeks.

Ifill entered hospital today for an operation to clean out his right ankle and physiotherapist Wayne Roberts said it would be four to six weeks before he is back in action.

Coach Ricki Herbert said it was disappointing to lose such an influential player over what is a busy period, but it was in Ifill's best interestes to have the operation immediately.

"The injury has obviously been affecting Paul's form and rather than wait till the end of the season I felt it best to get it done now," Herbert said.

"It is in his best interest, and ours, to have him back to his best for the rest of the season."

The Phoenix are currently seventh of 10 teams after 11 rounds, with three wins, three draws and five losses, and they've copped criticism, including from co-owner Gareth Morgan, about their unattractive style of play.

Ifill's absence will do little to help matters.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content