Wellington Phoenix coach Des Buckingham says early signs are positive for Matthew Ridenton after coming off the ground early in his side’s 3-0 away win over Melbourne Victory on Sunday.
Ridenton fell awkwardly in the 15th minute after tangling with Victory’s Daniel Georgievski and was on the ground for a minute before being substituted for Dylan Fox.
Fox Sports reported Ridenton will fly back to New Zealand with the team tomorrow and undergo scans.
But Buckingham said it did not look Ridenton had injured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
“It just looked like he’s jarred his left knee, he’s in with the physio at the moment so he’s still being assessed,” Buckingham said after Nix’s 3-0 win.
“Once we get him back to Wellington we’ll be able to have a further look at him, but I don’t think it’s anything hugely severe.
“I don’t want to confirm that but he seems OK in the change room, I think it’s more of a jarring and wasn’t able to carry on.”
And after Roly Bonevacia’s stellar first half with a brace, Buckingham was unable to put any rumours of the Dutchman signing for Western Sydney Wanderers to bed.
“I can’t (confirm), sorry,” he said. “We’re in talks with all the players at the moment, couple of players coming off contract, players that are still on contract for us next year and players we want to bring to this football club.
“We’ll keep those talks private and amongst ourselves, when we’re in a position to confirm anything we will.”