during a Melbourne Victory training session at AAMI Park on August 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha has been suspended for two games after making contact with a match official.

Victory have elected not to challenge the decision after Berisha was found guilty of unsporting conduct with an official.

The Kosovo striker will miss upcoming fixtures against Central Coast (away) and Western Sydney Wanderers (home).

The guilty charge Berisha was dealt carries a minimum four-game suspension, however the committee used its discretion and reduced the ban to 2 matches.

Berisha took ownership of his actions and accepted the ban after receiving the sentence.

“Firstly, I would like to apologise for my actions in Adelaide. It is never ok to touch a match official and for doing so, I am sorry,” Berisha told melbournevictory.com.au.

“I did not mean any harm and I’m thankful to have received a fair hearing. My focus now is training hard and preparing for my return.”

The suspension leaves the struggling Victory short of options up front, potentially forcing Muscat to play the likes of Troisi, Barbarouses or George in the centre of attack.

Even with the Victory recording just the one point after three rounds, goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas is confident they can cover the loss of their star striker.

“We’ve got a lot of quality in this team, especially up front,” said Thomas.

“Obviously, we want him in our team, but if it’s not to be, we’re more than capable of getting the job done.”

Berisha is the all-time A-League top goalscorer and has netted 59 goals in 93 games for Melbourne Victory.