An injury blow for the A-League playoffs chasing Wellington Phoenix with news captain Ulises Davila will miss Sunday's clash with Melbourne City.
The Phoenix announced the news on Saturday morning, confirming the Mexican star could be out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring complaint.
It's a major setback for the Nix, who face a near must-win scenario in their remaining four fixtures, which begins against the league leaders this weekend.
Davila suffered the injury in the goalless draw against Adelaide United last week and coach Ufak Talay is unsure if he will return for the teams homecoming clash in Wellington next weekend.
"He's got a slight strain in his hamstring. He won’t be playing this weekend, that's for sure," Talay said.
"He got a little jab done to make it move a little quicker, and he's been off-feet for 48 hours once he's got the jab, but we’ll see how he progresses after that.
"We're hoping that he does come back and he does get to play a game by the end of the season.
We're hoping that he might be available for the game in Wellington but I think that might be a little too close."
The Phoenix are in the hunt for a third-straight appearance in the playoffs, but will need close to maximum points to end the season.
The bonus for the club is two of their final four games will be played in New Zealand against Western United at Sky Stadium in Wellington, and Perth Glory at Auckland's Eden Park.
Their other two fixtures are against Western Syndey Wanderers on May 26, and Sunday's task against City.
- Melbourne City - 44 points (21 games)
- Macarthur FC - 35 points (22 games)
- Central Coast Mariners - 33 points (21 games)
- Sydney FC - 32 points (21 games)
- Adelaide United - 32 points (21 games)
- Brisbane Roar - 31 points (20 games)
- Western Sydney - 31 points (21 games)
- Western United - 28 points (21 games)
- Wellington Phoenix - 27 points (21 games)
- Perth Glory - 25 points (20 games)
- Melbourne Victory - 15 points (22 games)
- Newcastle Jets - 14 points (21 games)