To play Colosimo would be too risky – Melbourne Heart’s van ‘t Schip

Melbourne Heart coach John van ‘t Schip admits it was too great a risk to include captin Simon Colosimo in the squad for tomorrow night’s derby against the Victory.

Melbourne Heart coach John van ‘t Schip admits it was too great a risk to include captin Simon Colosimo in the squad for tomorrow night’s derby against the Victory.

Colosimo was touch and go earlier in the week for the most anticipated match in A-League history but has been forced out of the clash because of a neck injury.

van ‘t Schip admitted that Colosimo could have played at a stretch but thought it was better to get him right for the Week 10 fixture in Wellington next week.

“It’s the way it is. Simon tried in the past week to be ready for the game but his injury is too risky and we had a good talk with the medical people and with their advice and what I’ve seen on the pitch, we came to the conclusion that it was better for Simon not to play and to focus on the next game,” the Dutchman said.

“For the first week after the Brisbane game he hardly couldn’t do anything. He just started coming on the pitch last Monday and that didn’t look that good and yesterday he tried but hearing what the risk could eventually be, we thought it was not good to let him play. You have to be 100% fit and of course, with Simon’s experience, could maybe play on 80 or 90% but he didn’t train for 11 days with the group so that’s why he is not with us tomorrow.”

When pressed on how the new team would deal with the captain’s absence, van ‘t Schip’s outlook was bullish.

“That’s how it is. I think we can deal with that. We’ve done it before and I’m not going to make any problems of it. It’s how it is,” he said.

The Heart host the Victory at AAMI Park tomorrow, Friday October at 7:30pm.