Adelaide Utd coach calls for calm on Toure

Adelaide United teenager Mohamed Toure (front) may not receive any more A-League game time in 2020.
Adelaide United teenager Mohamed Toure (front) may not receive any more A-League game time in 2020.

A week after becoming the A-League's youngest-ever goalscorer, Adelaide United's Mohamed Toure may not get any more game time in the competition.

United coach Gertjan Verbeeek says the 15-year-old might not feature in Friday night's away fixture against Western Sydney.

And when Adelaide get more players back from injury next week, Toure could find himself out of Reds' 16-man squad.

Toure has flown to Sydney but Verbeek says he has made contingency plans for the foward to return to Adelaide early Saturday so he can play in United's youth team.

"It depends on what is going on (in the game against the Wanderers) but I don't let it influence me ... that the supporters and the fans are screaming his name," Verbeek told reporters on Thursday.

"(I) tell him what he is doing well, what he is not doing well, and what he has to improve.

"When everybody is back next week, when (James) Troisi is back probably, we are going to have to make choices again who are in the 16.

"And it can be that Mohamed is not even in the 16."

Troisi (hamstring) will miss the Western Sydney match but Reds' injury woes have eased somewhat with defender Michael Marrone (abdominal) and versatile Ryan Kitto (thigh) returning on Friday night.

Defender Ryan Strain (hamstring) and Stefan Mauk (thigh) remain sidelined, along with Toure's older brother Al Hassan (foot) while midfielder Nathan Konstandopolous (knee) will miss the rest of the campaign.

Adelaide hold fourth spot on 27 points but they're only two points ahead of sixth-placed Brisbane.

A United win would dent Western Sydney's finals aspirations with the Wanderers in eighth spot, already seven points adrift of the Roar.

STATS THAT MATTER

* Adelaide have won their past two away games against the Wanderers, but have lost in their last two meetings.

* The Reds are still without a draw this season - they've won nine and lost eight matches.

* Adelaide winger Nikola Mileusnic has been involved involved in four of Adelaide United's last seven league goals against the Wanderers, scoring twice and providing two assists.

Australian Associated Press