With a 2-1 defeat to the Central Coast Mariners, Newcastle coach Arthur Papas may be forced to test his defensive depth in the men’s A-League season.
Jason Hoffman will have to undergo a fitness test before Sunday’s trip to face the Western Sydney Wanderers after Papa was replaced in the first half.
Not helping the Jets’ fortunes is that Dylan Murnane is recovering from an injury and Lucas Mauragis was forced to quarantine Oliros on his way back from duty.
“It’s very disappointing because what we got from the communication point was not ideal,” Papas said of Moragis, who was released from quarantine on Saturday.
“After two weeks in quarantine, you are not ready to move to the speed you need to play football right now.
“Hopefully we’ll get him in a position to play for us soon.
“There are some situations where we expected him to return straight after the competition.”
Hoffman, meanwhile, came out 15 minutes later when he struggled to keep up with the ball.
Riley Warland filled the void, but the Jets could not stop Central Coast from scoring in the second half through Jacob Farrell and Jose Nisbet.
“He felt his admirer. He wanted to continue but we’re not in a position to put him on the field if he’s not 100 percent,” Papa said.
“He made a call that fully shows the character of the person not to try and to sit outside when not 100 percent.”
While the Jets’ high defensive line opened up opportunities for the Mariners, Papas were happy with how they were able to block their opponents.
“The goals weren’t from those circumstances,” Papa said.
“The goals came from a turnover in the middle of midfield and a set piece.
“The idea was to play behind us and go a long way, (but) it’s not really going to cost us in the end.”