Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jordan Holmes will be supporting his team-mates from the sideline when the club’s Queensland Champions Cup campaign kicks off tonight.
The Roar meet Leeds United at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast before travelling to Townsville to take on Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa next Wednesday.
Holmes will unfortunately miss out on the matches after undergoing an operation to mend a lingering wrist injury.
Having recently undergone a successful operation, the 25-year-old will focus on getting himself ready for the new Isuzu UTE A-League season.
“I’ve had a little issue with it for about 18 months and just over time it gradually got worse,” Holmes explained.
“It got to a point where we agreed I would get surgery in the off-season. Unfortunately it’s come at a bad time for me with Leeds and Villa coming over, but I had to get the surgery and will hopefully be back fit and ready to play in the middle of August.
“I’ll be fine for Round 1. I spoke to the surgeon and the club and everyone backs it, everyone thinks there won’t be any issue with it now going forward.”
The recovery time will deny Holmes an on-field reunion with his friend and former Bournemouth team-mate Tyrone Mings, who now captains Villa in the Premier League.
Despite that minor disappointment, the ‘keeper can’t wait to see the Roar get stuck into the glamour friendlies.
“I’m buzzing for all the boys who get to play in these games, it’s a great experience for them,” he said.
“I’m happy they get the experience and I’m excited to watch. Hopefully we do well.”