With only six games remaining for the Phoenix, will they be able to make the finals this season?
It's a question that has been pondering the A-League for quite some time now. Without a doubt, the Wellington Phoenix have been one of the in-form teams of the league recently, despite losing the past two of their three matches by significant margins.
The Phoenix currently lie seventh in the do-or-die half of the A-League ladder, all thanks to their January-February form. With only six games to go, injuries to the Phoenix backline has set them back as they prepare to face some of the toughest oppositions in the league.
Phoenix defender Reece Caira is set to miss the rest of the season, after fracturing his cheekbone during Adelaide United's 5-1 demloshing of the Phoenix last Thursday. Louis Fenton and Leo Bertos are also on the Phoenix's injury list, while All Whites internationals Michael Boxall, Andrew Durante, Ben Sigmund, Glen Moss, Jacob Spoonley and Jeremy Brockie serve international duties overseas. Manny Muscat will also be unavailable for one week after being sent-off during the Adelaide match.
Costa Rican strikers Kenny Cunningham and Carlos Hernandez are both also in doubt, after Cunningham suffered a broken foot and Hernandez had been playing with a lingering calf injury. Cunningham is yet to be cleared of serious injury, however some improving signs have shown while Hernandez is in doubt to face the Perth Glory in their upcoming match at Westpac Stadium.
The Phoenix has been through this dilemma before, however Ernie Merrick will be determined to strategize and improvise for their upcoming match against the Perth Glory.