7 Nov 2015

Phoenix without midfielder for up to eight weeks

7:22 pm on 7 November 2015

The Wellington Phoenix will be without midfielder Vince Lia for up to eight weeks of the A-League football season.

Vince Lia of the Wellington Phoenix.

Vince Lia of the Wellington Phoenix. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Lia injured his hamstring in their 3-0 loss to the Melbourne Victory on Monday night.

Coach Ernie Merrick confirmed Lia has a grade two hamstring tear.

Merrick said he's been playing really good football, he had a good preseason and is just a little bit unlucky with his hamstring.

"Season one I remember we lost Albert Riera and we collapsed in a heap, now we've got Alex Rodriguez, we've got Alex Rufer, we've got Matthew Ridenton, so I think we'll cover it really well.

Merrick isn't blaming the ongoing issues over the club's A-League licence for their performance in Melbourne on Monday night.

The club found out last week that their request for a 10 year licence was refused by Football Federation Australia, instead they were offered just a 4-year deal, but the club is yet to make a decision.

"I think that would be a very convenient excuse for some, but that won't be used by our players or myself," said Merrick.

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