Wanderers top-scorer Tomi Juric gives himself a 50-50 chance of returning from a groin injury in time for Saturday’s A-League clash with Sydney FC.
Leading Western Sydney Wanderers goalscorer Tomi Juric rates himself a 50-50 chance of returning from a groin injury for the big Sydney A-League derby on Saturday.
Juric was injured in the latter stages of the round-20 game against Perth and missed the Wanderers’ opening Asian Champions League fixture and Sunday’s home loss to Newcastle.
The talented Socceroos striker has taken the first steps towards proving his fitness for the Allianz Stadium clash.
“It’s still 50-50, I’ll see how I pull up tomorrow,” Juric said on Wednesday.
“I had pretty much my first session back today and I got through it with no problems.
“I’m not too sure how ready I am but hopefully tomorrow I’ll be right and I can put my hand up for selection and definitely being a derby I want to be out there.”
Both Sydney teams will be hungry for a win coming off last-start losses to another NSW club.
The second-placed Wanderers are seven points behind top-of-the-table Brisbane and four ahead of Adelaide, Central Coast and Melbourne Victory after losing at home to the Jets.
“If we can tighten up at the back and sharpen up at the front, I’m pretty sure we can pull off a good result,” Juric said.
Sydney FC are clinging on to the sixth and final playoff position following a loss at Central Coast, only two points off third, but just four points ahead of ninth.
The Wanderers will be looking to complete a sweep of the Sydney derbies, having won 2-0 away and 1-0 at home.
“We’ve won the last two derbies so we’ve kind of got the bragging rights,” Juric said.
“They are catching on form so its going to be difficult for us.”
Juric has netted six times this season despite making just eight starts with his fitness and coach Tony Popovic’s penchant for rotating his players and choosing just one striker, making it tough for him to nail down a permanent place.
“It’s difficult, I think it’s mainly been down to my injuries and my match fitness,” Juric said.