Ifill Could Make Season Start

Paul Ifill is still a 50-50 chance to be fit for the Wellington Phoenix’ first Hyundai A-League game against Sydney FC on October 6.

Paul Ifill is still a 50-50 chance to be fit for the Wellington Phoenix- first Hyundai A-League game against Sydney FC, and new Syndey signing Allessandro Del Piero, on October 6.

The knee and ankle injuries Ifill sustained in a practice game on Tuesday night are not as serious as first feared.

Ifill today saw a specialist in Auckland, and had a scan on the injuries. Phoenix physiotherapist Wayne Roberts said tonight the prognosis was better than expected.

“Paul has a small tear is his right medial collateral ligament,” Roberts said. “There is also some bruising in his right ankle.

“He is likely to be out for three to four weeks and there is a 50-50 chance he could be available for the start of the season.

“It is better than I expected and we will just have to see how he progresses from here.”

Phoenix head coach Ricki Herbert is relieved the injury isn-t serious.

“It didn-t look or sound too good so I-m really pleased it isn-t as bad as it could have been,” Herbert said.