Zadkovich cleared of serious injury

HIGH octane Jets midfielder Ruben Zadkovich has been cleared of a serious knee injury and could be fit for the crucial clash against Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

Zadkovich was forced off the training pitch on Tuesday after clutching at his knee following a challenge from Tiago.

He was initially scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow, but the scan was brought forward after a cancellation late Tuesday.

The scan returned clear of structural damage but picked up inflammation in the joint which is expected to settle in the next couple of days.

The Jets have today off training and Zadkocvich is expected to be assessed on Friday.

If he is ruled out, captain Jobe Wheelhouse, who is returning from a knee injury, and 20-year-old Jacob Pepper are the main contenders to partner Josh Brillante in midfield.

Meanwhile, former Jets championship winning captain and fringe Socceroo Jade North has signed with the Brisbane Roar.

North, 31 on Monday, has spent the past two years in Japan, but with his current club Consadole Sapporo relegated to the second division, he inked a three and a half year deal with Brisbane on Tuesday. He had previously been linked to Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.

The versatile defender and his family are due in Brisbane next week, meaning he will miss the match against the Jets at Hunter Stadium.

North, who will fill the Roar’s Australian marquee position, began his national league career as a teenager at the Brisbane Strikers and has since played at Sydney Olympic, Perth Glory, Jets, Incheon United (Korea), Tromso (Norway), FC Tokyo (Japan) and Consadole Sapporo (Japan).

He has 39 caps for the Socceroos.

“I’m looking forward to putting one foot forward and contributing to the legacy Brisbane Roar has created over the past two seasons and doing all I can to help add to the trophy cabinet,’’ North said.

“For me it’s exciting to know I will be playing in front of family and friends, but most importantly for the city which groomed me as a player.’’

Ruben Zadkovich. Picture: Darren Pateman

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