Melbourne City has suffered a blow ahead of Friday night’s clash against Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium, with French star Florin Berenguer to be sidelined until December with a hamstring injury.

Berenguer missed City’s A-League season-opening 2-0 win over Western United last week, with City announcing on Thursday that scan results will keep the club’s reigning player of the year out of action until the resumption of the A-League on December 9 following the competition’s break for the World Cup.

“It’s sad,” City coach Patrick Kisnorbo said.

“Florin is a very important player for us, but unfortunately he’ll still be out for a bit of time, but that’s part of football.

“He’s been doing and tracking really well, but unfortunately we have to wait until then (December).”

Even without the star playmaker, City will pose a huge attacking threat on Friday night, with World Cup hopefuls Jamie Maclaren, Mat Leckie, Marco Tilio and Andrew Nabbout all needing to be closely watched by the Warren Moon-coached Roar.

“They’re good, aren’t they? Maybe they could lend us one,” Moon joked before saying containing the quartet and City’s other stars was the “challenge” of playing against the A-League’s “benchmark” club.

“We have to be really concentrated and switched on because they’re that good that they can punish you from a slight mistake, an error or a lapse in concentration,” Moon said.

“We need to be at it for 90 minutes.”

Moon said the Roar would take heart from their defensive effort in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Australia Cup winners Macarthur FC, whose attacking star Daniel Arzani was dragged after an hour.

“If you look at the game, we nullified their attacking threat, and that was the plan going in,” Moon said.

“Arzani came off after 60 (minutes). He didn’t have much impact on the game, (and) we kept (Al Hassan) Toure quiet. Defensively we were really strong the other day.”

Moon was also encouraged by the Roar’s attacking display last weekend despite their failure to score.

He praised recent signing Carlo Armiento, saying the 23-year-old Adelaide product’s work on the left flank and his crossing for star recruit Charlie Austin would be crucial to Brisbane’s hopes this season.

“Carlo was a left-sided player that we’d been looking for. He’s very attacking, likes to get forward (and) likes to take people on,” Moon said.

“We’ve got a striker (Austin) that likes us to feed him crosses, so we need to get him crosses. Carlo likes to do that. We’re really pleased to have him and it’s a really encouraging start.”

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