Henrique out for Roar

Brisbane Roar will be without its Brazilian playmaker Henrique for up to two months due to a knee injury in what was a bitter post-script to Saturday night's 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.

Brisbane Roar will be without its Brazilian playmaker Henrique for up to two months due to a knee injury in what was a bitter post-script to Saturday night's 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.

The 34-year-old, who has been one of the stars for the Roar in his first full-season in the Hyundai A-League having played every game so far in 2009/10 as well as having scored three goals, suffered a medial ligament injury in a crunching tackle by Victory defender Adrian Leijer in the 53rd minute.

To rub salt into Brisbane wounds, Leijer had not only already been booked but escaped a second yellow card and a sending off over the clash with Henrique before going on to score the winning goal in the 72nd minute to give Melbourne its first home win of the season and put the reigning Hyundai A-League champions on top of the ladder for the first time this season.

Henrique, who played with Dutch giants Feyenoord as recently as 2003, was eventually substituted in the 59th minute and Roar coach Frank Farina confirmed the seriousness of his injury post-match.

"Unfortunately we lost Henrique, that was the other negative out of tonight," Farina said after the loss.

"He will be out for six to eight weeks and that was the other disappointing part of the tackle (by Leijer)."

However Farina accepted the decision by the referee not to send Leijer off for the tackle on Henrique, which meant he stayed on the field to score the winning goal and his first goal for Melbourne in four seasons and his first since re-joining the club from English Premier League team Fulham earlier this season.

"The only problem I have (with Leijer staying on the pitch and escaping a second yellow card for the tackle on Henrique) is he scores the winning goal but then maybe someone else would have scored the winning goal anyway," Farina said.

"He (Leijer) had been booked already but I thought the referee had a great game to be honest."

Leijer's first yellow card came in the 36th minute following a push and shove match between nearly every member of both teams after Brisbane veteran Danny Tiatto had received a yellow card for blocking former Roar player Robbie Kruse off the ball.

Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick said he felt Kruse came in for some unnecessary harsh treatment from his former side during Saturday night's game - a claim strenuously denied by Farina.

While Farina admitted his team had been outplayed - as Melbourne also hit the bar twice - Merrick was delighted with his team's third straight win, which puts the Victory back on top of the ladder - at least until the round is completed on Monday.

"To be honest I thought the score could have been better for us because we hit the post and we hit the cross bar and we could have scored three or four goals," Merrick said.

"We are taking our chances more and more people are getting involved in scoring goals and now we have got a centre-back (in Leijer) scoring goals."

Merrick said Leijer, a member of Victory's championship winning team in season two of the Hyundai A-League, was enjoying playing regular football again after not playing a single game during his two seasons with Fulham.

"It's just great to see Adrian improving week in, week out since he joined us again and he sure is enjoying playing full-time football again."

"We have been talking about Adrian getting into forward positions from corner kicks and it was terrific to see him scoring a goal."