Adelaide United Keeper Ruled Out For Six Weeks

Adelaide United goalkeeper Mark Birighitti has injured his ankle at the squad’s training session late yesterday afternoon and has been ruled out for approximately 6 weeks.

The 17 year old keeper has torn ligaments in his right ankle, however x-rays taken on the area cleared him of any fracture, meaning Birighitti is likely to be unavailable for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League minor round.  

The injury occurred after Birighitti fell awkwardly just minutes from the end of the team’s training session in Yokohama in the lead up to Adelaide's play-off for 5th and 6th spot against African champions Al Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup.  

Adelaide United Coach Aurelio Vidmar feels sorry for Birighitti, and says it is a disappointing setback because he has been important for the club this season in covering injuries to current first choice keeper Eugene Galekovic.  

Vidmar has already began the search for a replacement and is expected to make an announcement in the next week prior to The Reds’ match against Perth Glory on Boxing Day.  

“We have a couple of candidates we’ve got our eye on and we’ll make a decision within a week once we find out a bit more about them,” Vidmar said.  

Birighitti is regarded as one of Australia’s brightest young goalkeeping prospects and at just 17, has already made 3 appearances in the Hyundai A-League as well as start between the posts in the second leg of the AFC Champions League Final against Gamba Osaka.