Brisbane Roar head coach Mike Mulvey has defended his decision not to sign another striker in preseason after his team struggled without Besart Berisha in their 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory.
Berisha missed Friday night's A-League clash at Etihad Stadium due to a hamstring strain he suffered in Brisbane's 4-0 triumph over Sydney FC last week, with Mulvey selecting Kwame Yeboah up front versus Victory.
Yeboah battled hard as the Roar's lone striker as Melbourne dominated the opening half hour, while the 19-year-old was also involved in a couple of decent chances just before half-time as Brisbane got back into the match.
Mulvey's other main striking option, Henrique, came off the bench in the second half but despite having more possession and taking the same number of shots as Melbourne, Brisbane failed to score.
When Mulvey was appointed as Brisbane's head coach in December last year the Manchester-born manager claimed he wanted to sign another striker to challenge Berisha and cover the Albanian if he was injured.
After two transfer windows, Mulvey has yet to follow through but argued after the loss to Victory that he is happy with his stocks in the number nine, or central striker, position.
"The salary cap restricts you, so what are you going to do? Do you go and spend big money on someone who's going to sit on the bench?" Mulvey said.
"In our system, we're not going to bring in another striker to play as a dual striker. So do you spend a lot of money on someone who's going to sit on the bench? Or do you try and nurture somebody from within?
"Now my belief is Henrique is a long way away from being fully fit but he's capable of playing in the number nine position for us because he gets on the shoulder of people and he got into a couple of great positions tonight but his touch let him down.
"Kwame's a young kid, who is learning his trade and that's probably his best position, number nine.
"So, while we were a little bit toothless in terms of our thrust in the final third, I was really pleased with the boys (against Melbourne)."
The Roar have a 10-day break until their Round Four clash in Brisbane against Melbourne Heart and Mulvey hinted Berisha may be ready for that game.
"We're not going to rush him. I've told him he must come back 100 percent fit," Mulvey said.
"He's doing everything humanly possible to get himself fit.
"He's phoning doctors in Germany to find out if there's any miracle cure for a hamstring strain."
Mulvey added he is not too worried about Luke Brattan after the midfielder was substituted early in the second half with a lower leg injury, following a crunching challenge between him and Victory defender Adrian Leijer.
Brattan and Leijer clashed in the 50th minute as they both slid in feet first in an attempt to win the ball and the former came off worse.
Mulvey, however, insisted Brattan had not injured his knee or broken his leg.
"It was a solid challenge. The two of them were very committed and he's (Brattan) got a swelling on the top of his tibia. It's not the knee, it's the tibia," Brisbane's coach said.
"So the medical staff expect that it'll take a couple of days for the swelling to go down - we'll get it scanned as a precaution - but we've got 10 days until the next game, so we're quite hopeful (he will play against Heart)."
The news was not so good for Liam Miller, however, as Mulvey revealed the Irish midfielder had sustained a 'grade-one calf tear' in Melbourne and is unlikely to play next week.