Adelaide United attackers Bruce Djite and Marcelo Carruca are pushing to return from injury for the A-League game against Western Sydney Wanderers.

Adelaide United’s attacking pillars Bruce Djite and Marcelo Carrusca are pressing to return from injury as the Reds hunt another major A-League scalp.

Frontman Djite and creative midfielder Carrusca missed Adelaide’s upset away win over pacesetters Brisbane last Saturday due to groin ailments.

But both have trained strongly this week and are likely inclusions for Sunday’s fixture against the second-placed Western Sydney Wanderers in Adelaide.

“We know how important they are to our side. To have them back this week is massive for us,” defender Osama Malik said on Friday.

Malik is also in the frame to return from a one-match suspension, although winger Fabio Ferreria will miss at least another week with a groin strain.

Adelaide’s injury-time winner against the Roar lifted confidence within their ranks but the Reds remain eighth on the ladder, though just four points behind fourth-placed Central Coast.

“For it to be this close halfway through the season is really good,” Malik said.

“It’s good for neutrals and it’s good for all supporters of football because it’s going to be real exciting towards the end of the season.

“And it’s good for us because … we know with a couple of wins, we can be right up there.”

Adelaide are unbeaten in their past five matches, with a slow start returning just one win from Josep Gombau’s initial nine games in charge.

“Even at the start of the season when we weren’t winning games, the morale within the squad was brilliant. We were all enjoying playing; we were all confident,” Malik said.

“We all knew that it was just going to take a little switch and it would all go our way.”