Brisbane Roar struck by trio of injuries to attacking stars

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The December period just got a whole lot harder for the men in the orange

Brisbane Roar could be without three of their best players for the December period in the fallout to Friday night's controversy-filled 2-1 loss to Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

It was a match that had everything - a red card to each team, tension between the coaches, fury in the tunnel and several key injuries - most notably to Roar's attacking stars.

Adam Taggart, Eric Bautheac and Stefan Mauk were all forced from the field with the trio likely to miss next week's match against Newcastle Jets, while the former two are set for an extended period on the sidelines.

Taggart, whose five goals place him equal league leader with Sydney FC's Adam Le Fondre, needed to be substituted after only 36 minutes with what looked to be a serious groin complaint.

The injury is a huge blow to the 25-year-old's Asian Cup hopes, with the tournament starting in little over a month, as coach John Aloisi admitted the outlook was bleak.

"We just have wait and see but that seems a little bit more serious," Aloisi said.

"We'll wait 24 hours maybe and then we'll see what the doctor says."

Bautheac has suffered several knocks over the past few weeks and finally succumbed to a knee injury after a collision with Adelaide defender Taylor Regan.

The Frenchman is the team's chief playmaker and the coach was hopeful scans on the injury will come back with positive results.

"He (Bautheac) seems to get kicked every week which is unfortunate for him ... hopefully it's not too serious," Aloisi said.

 Mauk, who would be first candidate to replace Bautheac in the starting XI, will definitely spend at least one match on the sideline following his red card for the challenge on Craig Goodwin.

The 23-year-old was knocked out as he made the tackle and likely would have been in doubt for next week's match anyway due to the concussion.

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But Mauk faces a nervous wait during the week as the FFA disciplinary board assesses the red card incident and decide if it deserves extra suspension.

 

 

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