Perth Glory custodian Liam Reddy simply cannot explain why his club has been ravaged by a seemingly never-ending spate of injuries.
Glory have lost a host of big names through injury in the opening 10 rounds of the A-League season, with only a few returning to first team calculations.
Captain Andy Keogh, Adam Taggart, Alex Grant, Xavi Torres, Scott Neville, Daniel Stynes and Andreu have all been felled by soft tissue problems.
Joel Chianese and Marc Warren are also missing with ankle and collarbone problems respectively.
Diego Castro was among the casualty ward but returned to action against Newcastle Jets at the weekend.
Glory have struggled minus their key men and currently sit eighth on the table,with just one win since Round 5.
Speaking to The Far Post Perth, Reddy simply could not explain the injuries, though he said Castro’s return will prove a huge boost.
“I think all the injuries … those players all have an impact in our team because they’re starting XI players,” he said.
“It’s been disappointing that we’ve had a lot of soft tissue injuries.
“People have asked me, ‘what is it?’ I can’t put my finger on one particular thing, it’s just a buildup of things and maybe a little bit of bad luck.
“I’m sure that the coaching staff, the physio and the strength and conditioning staff are trying to figure that out.
“It’s a big loss when you don’t have someone like Diego in the team, but I thought we played quite well without him, without getting the points.
“But we’re obviously looking forward to him coming back now … it’s a gamechanger.”
Reddy believes a light preseason could be contributing to such issues.
Perth faced just one A-League team ahead of the season proper; Sydney FC in New South Wales.
Reddy pointed out the logistical issues that come with arranging friendlies from the west.
“Playing with teams on the east coast, it’s a lot easier to arrange games with other A-League teams,” he said.
“Over in Perth, it’s a lot harder and more expensive to arrange these games.
“We only had the one A-League game against Sydney FC which is disappointing because we would have liked a harder hit-out.
“That’s something I’m sure the club will look at for next preseason, hopefully we can get harder games before the season starts.”
Perhaps also a contributing factor is Perth’s four home games in the opening 10 games.
They have a second home game in a row on Saturday night in Round 11, up against Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium.