Soccer: Brockie to miss Adelaide outing

Jeremy Brockie has been ruled out of Sunday's game with Adelaide United. Photo /  Getty Images
Jeremy Brockie has been ruled out of Sunday's game with Adelaide United. Photo / Getty Images

As the Wellington Phoenix search for a spark to produce a more attacking style of play, they've been dealt a blow with their top scorer Jeremy Brockie ruled out of Sunday's game with Adelaide United.

The 25-year-old has been in fine touch with seven goals in his past six games but has succumbed to a hamstring niggle and tweeted this morning that he wouldn't be available for this weekend's game across the Tasman.

``Gym session done today!! Gutted to be missing the game on Sunday but confident the boys will come back with 3 points! #hatemissinggames,'' the All White tweeted.

Brockie's absence could hand Tyler Boyd a rare start against an Adelaide side that have performed above expectations under coach John Kosmina and sit in second place on the A-League ladder.

The 17-year-old Boyd has been a regular feature off the bench this summer with a slew of cameo performances but starting a game at Hindmarsh Stadium would be a big ask for a rookie.

Solomon Islands Benjamin Totori is another player who could start up front. Alternatively Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert could inject midfielder Louis Fenton into the line-up and reshuffle his personnel.

The Phoenix are sixth after 10 rounds of the competition.

- APNZ

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