Western United A-Leagues Injury Update – January 2024

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Western United can provide an update on the fitness of its playing squads across both Liberty A-League Women and Isuzu UTE A-League Men heading into the back half of the football season.

Liberty A-League Women update

In positive news, winger Kahli Johnson has recovered well from a minor leg fracture and is in the frame for selection for Thursday’s Round 14 match against Melbourne City.

The 19-year-old is yet to feature under Kat Smith but will look to pick up where she left off earlier in the season, scoring two goals in six appearances.

Catherine Zimmerman is recovering from a stress fracture in her foot and has returned to full training in recent weeks.

The American forward is likely to be 1-2 weeks away from making her Western United debut and will be a valuable addition to the squad in the run-in towards the end of the season.

Fellow forward Raquel Deralas unfortunately remains sidelined indefinitely after undergoing successful back surgery.

Additionally, Aimee Medwin has continued to work on her rehabilitation program with the support of the Club after her anterior cruciate ligament injury last year.

Isuzu UTE A-League Men update

In the Isuzu UTE A-League side, a number of players are working through their respective recoveries and approaching their returns to the team.

James Donachie and Nikita Rukavytsya have both been working to return from calf injuries and are both involved in team training. The Club is hopeful that both players will be fit to return in 2-3 weeks.

Riku Danzaki is progressing in his recovery from shoulder surgery after he fell heavily during United’s Round 10 match against Newcastle Jets in late December.

The Japanese winger is hopeful of coming back to full fitness in the next 3-4 weeks to play a role for the team in the remainder of the season.

Young midfield duo Rhys Bozinovski and Sebastian Pasquali are both currently sidelined, dealing with groin and foot injuries respectively.

The pair have impressed in their opportunities in John Aloisi’s side this season, and Pasquali is likely to miss another 1-2 weeks of action with Bozinovski likely an extra week further away.

Last week, Jacob Tratt was involved in an incident in training last week that resulted in the defender suffering a knee ligament injury.

Tratt underwent successful surgery and is likely to miss the next 8-10 weeks of football as he rehabilitates the injury.

The Club continues to evaluate its playing squad and will explore all available options with the transfer window currently open.

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