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Australian Football: Zadkovich offers Sturridge hope

Perth Glory have revealed Daniel Sturridge could finally start a game when they face Western Sydney Wanderers at HBF Park next week.

Glory have had a season to forget and so has Sturridge after managing just 93 minutes of action spread over five games since arriving in a high-profile move at the start of the season.

Injury issues

Sturridge has not been seen since he picked up a groin injury in the clash against Macarthur back in February. His only appearance on home soil came when he played the final few minutes of the first game of the season in November.

However he now looks to be back to full fitness with interim coach Ruben Zadkovich admitting all being well he could start against Western Sydney.

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"He's a big chance to start next weekend," Zadkovich said. "He's been training really well. He's obviously put in a lot of hard yards while we've been away, trying to get himself back to the level where he can go out there and perform.

"It looks like he's got himself in that position again. Touch wood, if we have another strong week training next week, he'll put himself in a position where maybe we can get a start next week."

No deal

Glory have revealed Sturridge is unlikely to stay on next season as the move has not worked out. However Zadkovich says it would be nice to get him out on the pitch against the Wanderers.

"It'll be exciting, if we can get him on the pitch and start a game at home," Zadkovich added. "Obviously, it's been a very difficult year for everyone involved, including Daniel himself.

"If we can achieve that next week and get him out there in front of the fans, that would be a great thing for everyone."

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