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Luis Fenton: Dropped or Rested?

Luis Fenton: Dropped or Rested? Photo: TT
Louis Fenton, Wellington Phoenix. Photo credit: Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire.

Did Wellington Phoenix drop or rest Louis Fenton?

The right-back made his eighth appearance of the season after he missed a huge amount of games after dislocating his shoulder, and completed 90 minutes against Western Sydney Wanderers.


But youngster Callan Elliot was preferred in the role for the Brisbane Roar draw, despite Tim Payne suffered his own personal pain as he sat out with a hamstring problem.

So was Louis Fenton dropped or rested for the A-League clash?


As it turns out, a little bit of both - implied Wellington Phoenix head coach Ufuk Talay.

He said: “The decision was to play Callan tonight because he’ll bring us more energy going forward, I think we lacked that against Western Sydney.”

Talay does like to play with full-backs who can get forward and cause the opposition problems around their area. Liberato Cacace is the postboy for his brand of football and the 19-year-old has played 92 percent of the Nix’s available minutes this season.


After so long out, it’s understandable that Fenton started to tire during the hectic post-lockdown football schedule. Talay didn’t say the 27-year-old can’t be the right-back he needs, just that he needs some time off to recapture that fitness and energy.

He said: “It hasn’t been easy for Luis, he had a long time off, so its been a lot of load on him to take.”

With eight days to go until the Phoenix next play, who he picks out of Elliot and Fenton be an interesting snapshot into where Talay’s head is at with regards to that position.


Fenton is the more experienced and was set to play a key role for the side until his injury, but Payne and Elliot have done well since coming into the side and the pressure is on.

So was Fenton dropped or rested? The answer, like so much in the game, lies in both camps.

Russell hughes
Sports Pundit staff writer @rusty_hughes
I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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