Glory down but not out ahead of clash with Wanderers

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Aaron Calver and coach Richard Garcia have stressed the importance of Perth Glory’s squad depth as they deal with COVID-19 ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Western Sydney Wanderers.

The Glory will be without the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Bruno Fornaroli, Brandon O’Neil, Mitchell Oxborrow and Jack Clisby.

Seven players are confirmed to be unavailable for the game as they are yet to return to training following COVID-19 quarantine.

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Despite the loss of these star players, Garcia is not making any excuses and is confident those coming into the side will be able to step up.

“We are pretty much just making a bench, just enough to play the game tomorrow,” he said.

“So we’ve got enough to fill the team and the guys that are part of the squad are going to have to step in and take their chances.

“That’s what we’ve always said in the past, we’re going to need the whole squad, we’re going to need every player.”

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Calver was on the same page as his coach, reiterating the talent in Glory’s side and the belief he has in his teammates.

“I think everything stays the same for us. We’ve got players coming in, and I think they’ll do a seamless job,” Calver said.

“When we came over, everyone knew that they were going to be needed at some point and tomorrow night, whatever team we put out will be up for the challenge, definitely.

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While it would be easy to be down about the situation, Garcia says the players are just keen to get playing again.

“The boys are so eager to just get on with playing football, that they can’t wait to play,” the Glory coach said.

“Even the guys who have been in isolation and have had COVID are still really eager to get back out and start training again. We’ve been waiting too long.”

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Looking further ahead, the Glory will face Melbourne City on Sunday before travelling to Central Coast next week.

Expect a lot of rotation in the coming weeks as Garcia looks to juggle his squad with the packed schedule.

“I think we’re going to be playing a lot of Wednesday, Sundays, Wednesday, Sundays for the coming weeks, we’re going to need everybody for that because it’s a hard task to do,” he said.

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“Especially with the guys coming back from COVID. They’re going to probably be on limited minutes. So, it’s going to be very much a squad game for the next three, four weeks.

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Lachlan Allen
Lachlan is a recent Journalism graduate from Curtin University. He will be covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-league season

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