Brett Holman of the Brisbane Roar.
Brett Holman of the Brisbane Roar. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Knee injury to keep Holman out for six weeks

FOOTBALL: The Brisbane Roar has been dealt a huge blow with Brett Holman ruled out for at least six weeks with a knee injury.

The 32-year-old was set for minor surgery on a torn meniscus on Thursday.

He will miss Saturday's big clash with second-placed Melbourne City at AAMI Park as well as big games coming up against Adelaide United, Central Coast, Western Sydney and Sydney FC over the busy Christmas period.

The injury has affected the attacking midfielder over the past few games and after scans earlier this week, he was convinced to get the injury repaired now to give him time to be fit for the Roar's Asian Champions League campaign early next year.

"It's best we get it fixed now,” Roar coach John Aloisi said.

"Brett's obviously disappointed about it but will come back stronger after having his knee cleaned out.

"What it also means is an opportunity for someone else.”

Holman's likely replacement for the game with the FFA Cup winners on Saturday is Dimitri Petratos.

Petratos has had his own injury struggles but is now fully fit and came on as a substitute in Brisbane's 1-1 draw with the Wanderers last Friday.

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