Thwaite set to miss Gold Coast United’s clash with Central Coast

Gold Coast United defender Michael Thwaite looks set to miss Sunday’s A-League clash with Central Coast Mariners.

United’s vice-captain injured his ankle in the 3-1 win over Sydney FC last weekend and although he travelled with the Socceroos for their friendly with Egypt, was consigned to the treatment room.

Gold Coast coach Miron Bleiberg confirmed that Thwaite was every chance of missing his first competitive match for the club since it entered the league last season.

“Michael informed the club that the national team medical staff have ruled him out of action for this weekend. He had to fly out the morning after the Sydney game and he went over there (to Egypt) with the hope that it was only bruising, but it’s turned out to be a slight sprain,” the coach said.

“He will most likely miss Sunday’s game against Central Coast Mariners, but as it’s not a serious injury we’re fairly confident that he will be fine for our trip to Adelaide the week after.

“To miss the Egypt match was very disappointing for him and to miss a Gold Coast United game for the first time is also disappointing. I understand he was in with a very good chance of playing against Egypt but his chance will come again.

“To have an ever-present record for a club is remarkable and it shows how much Michael has become synonymous with Gold Coast United.

“If he cannot play he will miss an important match for us, but every match is important in this league. It will be hard to play without him but we have plenty of cover with Kristian Rees and Bas van den Brink, along with Dino Djulbic of course.”

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