STRIKE WEAPON: James Virgili poised to score for Broadmeadow against Adamstown on April 10. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers Broadmeadow attacking midfielder Michael Finlayson will miss at least six weeks afteran MRI scan showed damage to his medial collateral ligament and meniscus but not his anterior cruciate ligament.
Finlayson received the scan results, which showed a grade two MCL tear and a meniscus tear,late on Tuesday night.
BROADMEADOW will lose Dino Fajkovic and potentially Michael Finlayson from their strike forcebutleading goalscorer James Virgili says he has no plans to leave before the end of the season.
Fajkovic is moving overseas and is set to play his final game for the club on Sunday against Maitland at Magic Park or the following round against Adamstown.
Finlayson, meanwhile, is waiting on results of an MRI scan on his left knee after he was stretchered from the field on Sunday. The former Jets Youth playerwent down in the 80thminute of the 4-2 win over Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval after a challenge from Ben Hughes when taking a shot close to goal. It was believed Finlayson had torn his medial collateral ligament but it was unclear if there was damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, which would all but end his season.Magic co-coach Robert Virgili believed Finlayson faced at least six weeks on the sidelines.
The potential double blow comes amid rumours that James Virgili, who has scored eight goals eight games, including two on Sunday, may leave for trials in Australiaor abroadbefore the end of the season.
While the former Jets flyer is hopeful of opportunities in professional football again, he said he had nothing in the pipeline.
The 23-year-old will start the final five-week practicum of his diagnostic radiography degree on July 25 at Royal North Shore Hospital and said his focus was on study and playing for Magic until the placement was finished.
“I’m not really looking to go overseas at the moment, so A-League is the only option and that doesn’t start until October,” Virgili said.
“If something comes up, I’d obviously be interested but there’s been nothing contact-wise in the A-League for the last couple of months.”
Virgili said there was interest from UK clubs after he was cut by the Jets in April last year but there was no guarantees of trials now.
“It just depends if those same clubs would be interested again but sometimes a year is a long time,” he said. “And thelast three, four months I’veconcentrated on uni and playing for Magic.I haven’t gone and searched for it myself.”
Virgili was “relatively happy”with his form for Magic but was keen to offer more.
“In terms of the team, there’s a long way to go but we’re getting there,” he said.“Hopefully we can get on a roll, which we definitely need.I’ve been getting some goals, which is always good, but I want to keep that up.”
As for Fajkovic,Robert Virgili said the club knew the forward was likely to move overseas this year but a date was not confirmed until two months ago.
He said Fajkovic would be a loss but the side had a few options in attack and would welcome back Scott Pettit (hamstring), Matt Hoole (overseas), Ben Higgins (hamstring) and Alex Kantarovski (knee) to first grade over the next three weeks.