INJUIRED: Jobe Wheelhouse.JETS captain Jobe Wheelhouse will miss at least two weeks of action after succumbing to a groin tear and being ruled out of Newcastle’s away clash with Perth Glory on Saturday night.
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Scans revealed yesterday that the hard-nosed midfielder had a grade two adductor tear in his right leg suffered early in the 3-0 win over Melbourne Heart on Saturday night at Hunter Stadium.

‘‘I’ve just been struggling with it for a couple of weeks and getting through it,’’ Wheelhouse said.

‘‘Finally it was probably a bit too much.

‘‘Last week in the first half I felt it go a bit and it got worse and worse through the game.

‘‘Obviously I didn’t want to come off because we were doing well and needed to win.’’

Wheelhouse’s absence further weakens the Jets’ depleted midfield stocks.

Ben Kantarovski is on Olyroos duty in the United Arab Emirates, and former midfield general Kasey Wehrman is out of favour.

The injury is another setback for the 26-year-old, who missed a month of football with a foot infection and has been one of the Jets’ best since returning in a 1-0 loss to Wellington on January 20.

Newcastle have since gone on a four-game unbeaten run, taking 10 out of a possible 12 points.

Wheelhouse will have platelet-rich plasma injections tomorrow to help his recovery and hoped he would miss only the Perth game and the match against Adelaide the following Friday night at Hunter Stadium.

‘‘The blood injection normally speeds the healing process up by half, so hopefully it will only be a fortnight if I’m lucky,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m just hoping the team go to Perth and get the result.’’

Wheelhouse believed his latest injury was a result of his time on the sidelines with a foot infection.

‘‘Missing the month off with the foot, I didn’t really get to do much cardio, because I couldn’t even put a shoe on with it,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m guessing the month off and coming straight back into the team, it’s caught up with me. It’s frustrating and not ideal, but hopefully we can get the results over the next two weeks and I get back and push into the team for the finals.

‘‘It’s the same scenario as the last couple of weeks. They’re three points above us on the table and if we can get the three points we jump into the top four.’’