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Tackle on Zahra sparks national discussion

Hadfield resident and former Melbourne Knights now Heart soccer star Adrian Zahra A-League season is over after a horrific tackle by Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat on Saturday night.
The Melbourne Heart playmaker’s injury has been the focus of national discussion after Muscat was red-carded following a crude tackle on Zahra in the 79th minute of the drawn derby match.
Scans yesterday morning revealed the 20-year-old will be sidelined for up to three months, ending a bright debut season for the Melbourne Heart.
Earlier predictions were that he would undergo surgery, sidelining him for 12 months or even ending his career, but doctors told the club yesterday that surgery won’t be required.
Heart coach Jon van’t Schip said after the match that that one incident drew attention from the overall contest of the game.
“Something like that happens and you see a boy in the dressing room after the game, it’s really heartbreaking to see a young player having tears and a lot of pain,’’ van’t Schip said.
“You forget very fast about the game and the things we achieved this evening. It shouldn’t be like that, we should be talking about a great game and, sure we’re doing that, but the main thing in my head at least is feeling very sorry for Adrian Zahra.’’
Zahra had a stellar season with the Melbourne Knights in the Victorian Premier League, scoring two goals in 22 games, while having a similar record at the Heart after signing a injury replacement contract. Hi performances earning him a two-year contract extension until the end of the 2012/13 season.

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