Sydney FC received a boost ahead of Saturday’s match against Melbourne Victory with injured stars Jason Culina, Pascal Bosschaart and Adam Griffiths all getting through 45 minutes in the Sky Blues’ 1-0 friendly win over Western Sydney today.
The trio played 45 minutes, as planned, as part of their rehabilitation from injury and the Sky Blues medical and coaching staff will assess how they recover before making a decision about when they return to first team action.
Sydney FC won the game 1-0 with Dimi Petratos converting a first half penalty but it was the progress of the injured players and the ability to give some other first team players some game time that was the focus.
Terry McFlynn, Blake Powell, Hagi Gligor, Nathan Sherlock, Vedran Janjetovic and Daniel Petkovski also played a part in the match, which was played in very hot conditions at Macquarie University.
After the match, Sky Blues coach Ian Crook was happy with the hit out and pleased the returning stars got through the game without incident.
“It was an important hit out for a few of the boys, especially Jason (Culina), Pascal (Bosschaart) and Adam Griffiths and it was great for them to get through the match unscathed,” Crook said.
“Playing against A-League opposition is a good step in their rehab and with that under their belts we’ll asses how they recover and then make some decisions on when they’ll be ready to get back on the pitch.
“It’s nice to have so many bodies getting closer to returning, especially with the game against Melbourne Victory coming up on Saturday.”
Bosschaart was also pleased to be back on the pitch as he edges c loser to an A-League return after rupturing his achilles tendon in March.
“I felt good to be back on the pitch,” Bosschaart said. “It was always the plan to play 45 minutes. I played 30 minutes in a youth team game a couple of weeks ago and now this, which was a step up.
“It’s up to the coaches when I can play. Hopefully that will be soon.”
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Saturday 10 November 2012
7.45pm kick off
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