Tom Rogic makes a run during the match against Adelaide United. Photo: Getty Images
Melbourne Victory's key midfielder Tom Rogic is a major doubt for the club's opening Asian Champions League game against Guangzhou Evergrande after limping out of his side's dramatic 4-3 win over Adelaide United on Saturday night.
The Socceroo playmaker collided with teammate Leigh Broxham just after the interval and injured his right foot. He struggled to put weight on it as he limped off and went straight to the dressing room.
It was virtually the only blight on a marvellous night for the A-League on which these traditional rivals produced one of the games of the season, a seven-goal thriller in which the outcome see-sawed first one way and then the other.
Even when the hosts established a two-goal break near the end the result was still in doubt, as Adelaide's Spanish striker Sergio Cirio completed his hat-trick with seven minutes to go, ensuring a nervous finish for Kevin Muscat's men.
Muscat, who said Rogic would be given until the last moment to prove his fitness for the clash with the current Asian champions on Wednesday night, was delighted with the character his side showed having fallen behind twice in the first half before fighting to put themselves in the ascendancy.
It was the third week in a row that Victory has had to come from at least a goal down to secure a win, having done so against Central Coast in their last A-league match and Thai club Muangathong United seven days earlier in an Asian Champions League qualifier.
Chilean defender Pablo Contreras picked up another yellow card and will once again face a suspension, this one ruling him out of next Saturday's derby with Melbourne Heart.
"What a great game of football. The boys showed a great deal of belief. I don't think I have seen a better game of football here for a long time,'' said Muscat. "In the final third we showed some of that killer instinct and the entire team put in an unbelievable shift."