The Goulburn Valley Suns will be without Craig Carley and Rob Hughes for this weekend’s clash against Werribee.
Carley will miss the next three weeks after the striker was given a straight red card against Box Hill on Saturday for headbutting United’s left-back Ryan Go.
Carley initially brought down Go with a stern tackle, but as tempers flared Go and Carley squared off before a faint clash of heads led to Go dropping to the ground.
Disappointed in his actions, Carley will miss a block of games after only returning to the club a fortnight ago and had already scored three goals in as many matches.
Playing coach Nick Kalafatis was disappointed with Carley’s actions, but admitted sometimes frustrations did get the better of players.
‘‘We are all annoyed and disappointed. Carley is a very good player and we are going to miss him for the next few weeks,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘We brought him in to score goals and now he will be out for us. He is a crucial player and I think it was a just a brain snap from him.’’
Welsh winger Hughes will also miss, but just the one week, after he received his fifth yellow card of the season.
‘‘For us this week two players out of our front three are going to be missing, which will be tough,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘We are up against Werribee. We will have to change a few things around and approach the game a little bit differently, maybe Lewis Coyle can play striker, we will wait and see.’’
Carley is the Suns’ fifth player to be sent off in the National Premier League this season, while the region’s premier club also had three additional players dismissed in the Football Federation Australia Cup this season.
‘‘It is something that we have had to work on,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘We have had too many (red cards) this season and it has really disrupted us from the outset, but hopefully this is the last of them and we can build on a good run home.’’