Corey Brown's hamstring tear adds to Brisbane Roar injury concerns
Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi is adamant things will turn around for the A-League side despite losing another key player to injury.
Corey Brown, the Roar's reigning player of the year, is set to miss the next few weeks after he suffered a hamstring tear in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Newcastle Jets -- their third defeat in a row to start the season, and their second at Suncorp Stadium.
The left-back joins midfielder Thomas Kristensen and attacker Corey Gameiro on the sidelines and Aloisi said only the latter was in with a chance of making the weekend's trip to face Wellington Phoenix.
But Aloisi insists there is no reason to panic about Brisbane's situation just yet, suggesting their improved second-half display against the Jets was proof they were on the right track.
"It's round three," he said. "I can understand the outside world worrying.
"I'm not happy with the actual results at the moment ... [but] we know we should have beaten Adelaide. We know we should have at least got something out of the Newcastle game if not all three points.
"The law of averages says over the season, if you keep on performing like that, you'll win more games.
"We have to make sure we keep on improving within our way of playing and if we do that, the results will come."
Aloisi said Brown's injury was "really disappointing" given the progress the 23-year-old has made over the last 18 months.
Brown came off before half-time and was replaced by Jack Hingert, with Jade North sifting to left-back to accommodate him on the right.
Aloisi flagged that would likely be the way the Roar's back four will shape up in Wellington.
And while he has other fullback options in All Whites defender Dane Ingham and the untried Connor O'Toole, Aloisi said he had to be careful of the circumstances in which he bloods young players.
"It's funny how quickly people jump down the neck of a young player when he hasn't been consistent," he said.
"That's normal for young players. I have to understand that, understand the situation of the games that we're in and where we are on the table so when I am putting in young players, that there's not too much pressure on them because it can affect them longer-term."