Western Sydney Wanderers scored a 1-Zero win over Wellington Phoenix on Friday evening to maintain their A-League finals hopes alive, however there have been critical considerations for the wellbeing of striker Nicolai Muller after a sickening collision left him out chilly.
In the 27th minute, Muller went up for a header in midfield with Phoenix’s Louis Fenton. Muller got here off second finest in the competition, with Fenton straight hitting the 32-year-old’s head and concussing him earlier than he fell to the bottom.
“Muller is out, he’s knocked out,” Fox Sports commentator Adam Peacock stated.
Muller’s Wanderers teammates and Phoenix gamers appeared instantly involved and hurriedly known as for medical workers to come back onto the sector, with the striker stretchered off for additional consideration.
Fenton was given a yellow card for his function in the ugly incident, however ex-Socceroo Robbie Slater stated the referee ought to have dealt the Phoenix star crimson.
“It ought to have been a straight crimson card,” Slater stated on Fox Sports.
“He horribly misjudged his effort on the ball. If he misjudged a deal with like that in the centre of the sector on the bottom on his legs there wouldn’t have been any debate about getting a crimson card.”
“He’s gone earlier than he hits the bottom. That’s a horrible sight,” fellow former Socceroo Andy Harper added.
“I’m not placing his character in the dock however he was clearly late, on [an earlier challenge with Simon] Cox that ought to have been a yellow, and the referee gave a yellow right here. Fenton needs to be in the bathe.”
Wanderers coach Jean-Paul de Marigny was fuming at half-time.
“It could be very disappointing that we’re not taking care of gamers,” the coach instructed Fox Sports.
“It was upsetting. He’s badly concussed and doubtless a fracture of some type.”
The Wanderers gave an replace on Muller’s situation later in the match.
“Conscious however okay,” the A-League crew stated on social media.
“Muller has a badly lower lip and a swollen jaw/cheek.
“He’s presently in our medical rooms together with his spouse and two youngsters, and isn’t required to go to hospital in the intervening time.”
Prior to the match, Muller spoke in regards to the powerful problem of going through the Phoenix.
“I believe Wellington are the perfect crew in the league,” he told the Wanderers website.
“They have had an extended successful streak they usually have play properly with the ball.
“We should do the whole lot 100 p.c and stick collectively as a crew.
“We confirmed in the final recreation towards Sydney FC that we will beat everybody however we will additionally lose to everybody, so we’ve to offer the whole lot in the sport. I’ll give the whole lot to assist my crew to ensure we win the sport.”