- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 31 July 2013
Photo: Kostas Kanakaris (left) is a huge loss for South Hobart [PlessPix]
South Hobart striker Kostas Kanakaris has been ruled out of playing through injury for between one and three months.
Tilford Zebras will also be without the services of striker Alex Leszczynski because of injury and he will be replaced in the club’s Victory League squad by Ethan Engels.
Photo: Zebras' Alex Leszczynski (right) in action against Launceston City [PlessPix]
Kanakaris who has scored 19 goals in 17 Victory League appearances, has been diagnosed with a groin strain.
South Hobart coach Ken Morton said it had been decided to rest the player for up to three months.
Morton said Kanakaris could be back in action within a month if things went well, or he could be out for three months.
Morton was uncertain of who would replace Kanakaris in South Hobart’s Victory League squad, although Ben Hamlett was a leading candidate.
Max Clarke was another possibility, although he currently has a knee injury.
Leszczynski will be a huge loss to Tilford Zebras, having scored 12 goals in his 16 appearances.
“Alex took a heavy knock on Friday night against Olympia and, despite some pain, he trained well with the State squad on Sunday,” said Tilford Zebras coach, Tommy Fotak.
“Early Sunday evening he got in touch to say that he was in emergency with fluid around his kidneys.
“He has burst a capsule in a kidney, resulting in heavy bleeding that is going to require significant rest.
“Ethan Engels comes into the squad as his replacement.
“It is a testament to the character of Albie and his family that he trained on Sunday under duress without realising the gravity of his situation.
“He is a very popular player at the club and amongst the football community in general and his absence is a hit to the game as a whole.
“Myself, Tilford Zebras, and I am sure, all our competitors wish him a safe and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him rip it up next season.
“Albie we love you!”
Kanakaris and Leszczynski are in the Tasmanian squad that will play Melbourne Victory at the end of September but these injuries could spell the end of their representative aspirations this season.
In tonight’s Womens’ Premier League match at Warrior Park, Olympia Warriors beat NTC 6-2 after leading 3-0 at half-time.
Rani Cavarretta netted twice for the Warriors, whose other goals came from Sarah Fitzgerald, Tessa Nettlefold, Maddy O'Brien and Ashton Saunders.
Olympia remain second but are now level on points with the NTC, who have a much better goal-difference.