Sydney FC will welcome back two big guns for Saturday night’s blockbuster Hyundai A-League game with Melbourne Victory, but veteran defender Sasa Ognenovski’s return to first team duty is still unknown.
The ex-Socceroos hard-man is battling a hip problem which has kept him out of the last three games, including last week’s 2-1 defeat to Perth Glory, the club’s first of the season.
Ognenovski is having trouble striding out when he runs and didn’t take part in the Sky Blues session in the rain on Thursday.
The two sides played out a thrilling 0-0 draw in Sydney earlier this season but Victory possess plenty of firepower in their side with the likes of Besart Berisha, Archie Thompson, Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Kosta Barbarouses.
“We know we are going to have to be very strong,” Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold told reporters on Thursday.
“Melbourne Victory will be a big test for us. Anyone who can win 3-0 on a cricket pitch has to be favourites for the A-League.
“Kevin Muscat’s doing a good job down there. But we’ve analysed them this week and hopefully I can expose a few of the weaknesses I’ve seen.
“It will be about sticking to the game-plan and being ready for the fight.”