Merrick's emotional response to Venezualan maestro's injury
An horrific injury to Jets marquee Ronald Vargas has cast a shadow over Newcastle’s best start to an A-League season in several years.
The Venezuelan front-man was stretchered off Suncorp Stadium just over an hour into his side’s 2-1 win over Brisbane.
Coach Ernie Merrick confirmed afterwards that it was an extremely serious ankle injury and Vargas was now in the hands of a surgeon.
“The win means nothing really,” a visibly shaken Merrick told media after the win.
“We'd have given it away for no injury to Ronnie.
“Any player suffering an injury like that [hurts]. He was loving life in Newcastle,” said Merrick.
Goals from Roy O’Donovan and Dimi Petratos continued the Jets’ unbeaten start to the new Hyundai A-League season, which sees them sitting second behind Melbourne City after three rounds.