Veteran Queensland Roar midfielder Danny Tiatto has been ruled out of Friday's A-League match against Wellington Phoenix.
The 34-year-old ex-Socceroo has succumbed to a hamstring strain and was unable to travel with his teammates to New Zealand from Brisbane.
Tiatto hobbled from the field in the 62nd minute of the Roar's 2-1 win over Central Coast at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, and the short turnaround between matches has seen him unable to recover in time.
"If Danny was right he would've travelled, but with the short turnaround and the travel on top of it, he wasn't worth risking," Roar coach Frank Farina said.
Tiatto is expected to be fit for the Roar's next match, against Perth on December 30.
Fellow midfielder Matt McKay has been included in the Roar squad for the Wellington match, despite a bruised foot.
Chris Grossman has been included as an extra man by Farina in case McKay is not fit to play, but the coach is confident his star attacker will be right.
"There's still two days before the game and I think he should recover no problem whatsoever," Farina said of McKay.
"If he needs a (painkilling) shot we'll give him one, but I don't think he will with another 48 hours."
Already on the injured list for the Roar are winger Michael Zullo (thigh), defender Ben Griffin (calf) and striker Tahj Minniecon (virus).
Captain Craig Moore, who has just turned 32, has trained without problem so far this week and will take his place as fullback against the Phoenix.
The second-placed Roar could go into the Christmas break atop the A-League ladder with a win against the seventh-placed Phoenix, as they sit just one point behind ladder leaders Central Coast.