Injury forces Taggart out again

Injury has forced former A-League Golden Boot winner Adam Taggart out of the Perth Glory side for the third week in a row.

FFA Cup Round of 16 - Perth Glory v Sydney FC

Taggart after the Glory's FFA Cup defeat to Sydney FC. Source: Getty Images AsiaPac

Taggart hasn't played since making a dynamite start for Perth in round one, when he scored two goals in the Glory's 3-3 draw at home against Central Coast.

He was listed for a return when the squads for this week's games were announced on Thursday, but Glory coach Kenny Lowe said on Friday that Taggart still wasn't right and wouldn't be making the trip with the team on Saturday.

Taggart has a calf injury and although Lowe described it as a "minor" complaint he said he wasn't going to take any chances with Taggart after all of the injury dramas he has had in the last two years.

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"It's one week too early for 'Tags'," Lowe told The World Game.

"There's nothing major wrong, he's just got a minor injury with a slight bit of fluid on his calf.

"I've said it before, I won't risk Rhys (Williams) or Tags, because they've had too much heartache, they've been in a dark place for too long with their injuries.



"All we're going to do is make sure they're fit and healthy, they enjoy their football, they come to training with a smile and when they're ready they go and play on the park with a smile.

"Rhys will be involved in the squad this week, but Tags isn't quite ready."

Lowe will have to watch Sunday's game from the grandstand, with no contact with the Glory players of his assistant coaches for two hours before the game until one hour afterwards, due to a two-match sanction.

FFA imposed the ban on Lowe because of his halftime abuse of referee Alan Milliner during last Friday's game against Melbourne City.

Lowe said he was upset with himself about the way he behaved, particularly his aggressive finger-pointing towards Milliner out on the pitch.

"The refs don't deserve that," Lowe said. "They're doing something they love, that they enjoy and they're passionate about, and really the way I went about it I was disrespectful to them and I was also disrespectful to myself. It's not a good look.

"When you get a penalty you always want a lighter one. One match would've been good. But I can't argue with the penalty, what happened is there on camera and I went about things in an incorrect and unacceptable manner."




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Published 28 October 2016 at 4:56pm
By Greg Prichard