Perth Glory have been hit by more bad luck on the injury front with Bruno Fornaroli set to miss the final game of the season against Melbourne City.
City are priced at 1/12 to win the A-League minor premiership and Glory would have faced a huge test even with Fornaroli in their side.
But now interim boss Ruben Zadkovich has confirmed that his leading goalscorer pulled up sore following the 1-1 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday and will miss out.
Fornaroli had been on the sidelines for a while with an ankle injury and it looks like the game against Wanderers took its toll.
Daniel Sturridge is also a doubt after starting his first game of the season against Western Sydney.
“Bruno’s pulled up sore which is a massive loss,” Zadkovich told reporters ahead of the game. “We’ll have to see how Daniel Sturridge gets through training.”
It leaves Zadkovich with a big selection headache going in to the game against an expensively assembled City side but he says his youngsters will give it their best shot.
“We’re under no illusions. This could be the toughest test this young squad’s had,” Zadkovich added. “Without Bruno, and let’s say Daniel Sturridge doesn’t make it through training, you could go as far as saying (City striker) Jamie Maclaren is worth more than our whole squad.
“That puts the challenge into context. Its going to be a big ask but one we embrace because these are the challenges when you learn the most.”