Wellington Phoenix star struck down by injury ahead of clash with league leaders

Phoenix captain Ulises Davila will miss Sunday’s game through injury. Picture: STUFF SPORTS.

Wellington Phoenix will be without captain Ulises Davila for Sunday’s clash against A-League leaders Melbourne City – and potentially the rest of the regular season – hindering their chances of pulling off a much-needed upset.

The star Mexican import and team’s leading scorer with seven goals injured his hamstring in last week’s 0-0 draw with Adelaide United – the Phoenix’s successive second game without a goal.

Davila has subsequently been ruled out of Sunday’s trip to AAMI Park and is likely to miss the Phoenix’s long-awaited homecoming game against Western United next weekend as well.

“He’s got a slight strain in his hamstring. He won’t be playing this weekend, that’s for sure,” Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay said.

“It’s a massive blow for us. He’s a very influential player for us. Even last season and this season, he’s scored some very good goals and he helps the team to get results, so it’s a massive blow for us to lose our captain at the same time and one of our better players.”

Grade one hamstring strains can typically take between three and eight weeks to heal but Talay said the Phoenix were doing everything they can to get Davila back before the end of the season.


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