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Klimkova slams synthetic turf

CANBERRA United coach Jitka Klimkova has lashed out at the synthetic surface she believes contributed to a potential season-ending injury to playmaker Caitlin Munoz.

Munoz was inconsolable after being forced from the field in the second half of United's 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory at Bulleen on Friday.

The match was played on the Veneto Club's artificial turf at Bulleen, and Klimkova feels it played a role in the veteran Matildas' right knee injury.

Munoz has already had four reconstructions on the same knee, and was forced to miss the entire 2009-10 season.

The 28-year-old expects to have scans on Tuesday, but the early indications are that it is not an anterior cruciate ligament or medial injury and she could return as early as United's home semi-final on January 21.

''I think it's really bad for women's football to play on the [synthetic] turf, and I'm sure if we played on the grass it [the injury] wouldn't happen,'' Klimkova said.


''It's crazy to play on synthetic because knee injuries can happen much easier than in men's football.

''It was also nearly 40 degrees and playing on the turf meant it was much hotter.''

Munoz believes she may have torn her meniscus, which usually requires a recovery period of between two and six weeks.

Should scans confirm this, there is an outside chance she may return in the W-League finals.

Undefeated United will play league minnows Adelaide at McKellar Park on Saturday in the final round of the regular season.

''The physio thinks it could be a meniscus tear, which might need to be cleaned up with an arthroscope,'' Munoz said. ''I know the feeling of what's what now, I knew it wasn't an ACL or medial.''

However, Munoz refused to blame the surface for her wretched luck, which could force her to be a reluctant spectator in the finals.

''With knees it's just bad luck, I don't know too much about all that [talk about the surface],'' she said.

''It was a bit sore leading up to the week as well, so maybe there was something already wrong with it and I did it a bit more.''

Uncertainty over Munoz, and the departure of Kahlia Hogg, has prompted Canberra to offer former Perth star Emma Kete a trial next week. Glory tore up striker Kete's contract following a physical altercation with teammate Lisa-Marie Woods early last month.

Kete will arrive in the capital tomorrow, and Klimkova will make a decision on Friday whether to offer the 24-year-old a short-term contract.

Klimkova wants to hear Kete's account of her Perth sacking, and ensure that she can adapt to Canberra's style, before making an official offer.

''It's a story we want to hear from her, that's why we haven't signed her yet or offered her anything,'' Klimkova said.

''It's almost the end of the season and we have to see if she fits with our team.

''She's a fast striker and with Caitlin injured and Kahlia leaving, it would be great to have a new face and I think she could be helpful for us.''