More injuries and no points as Glory’s struggles continue

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Perth Glory have now gone 11 games without a win and have picked up just as many injuries in the process.

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While Glory are under construction, Ruben Zadkovich’s men are dropping off one by one and the interim coach puts it down to the unavoidable fixture cluster.

Zadkovich made emphasis on his squad’s welfare and praised the efforts of his youngsters who rose to the challenge to fill their shoes of those missing.

Just 10 minutes into their most recent game against Melbourne Victory on Wednesday night, Adrian Sardinero became the latest victim to fall to injury.

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“Add Adrian Sardinero to the list of injured players along with Bruno Fornaroli, Brandon O’Neill, Ota and Sturridge, I could just keep going on and name 12 or 13,” Zadkovich said post-match.

“We will be another body down and it’s due to the scheduling of the league.”

Perth have spent the last month playing catch up due to the COVID postponements made earlier in the season.

Most clubs have also been running off two fixtures per week and more recently the added stressor of frequently flying in and out of states has become the norm within the ALM.

Glory have had a high demand in turnarounds but a low supply of availability.

Half of their original team is out with injuries and fans are beginning to question their ability of being able to move from last position.

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“I’m hurting for those boys that are out injured, it’s not necessarily their fault in the circumstances we’re in,” Zadkovich said.

The rotation of the game-day squad has already become a determining factor around starting line-ups and game-time allocation, all while trying to put out a winning team without any further setbacks.

Zadkovich says particularly with a midweek turnaround, the players are cramming in as much of his reinvention style as they can without any detrimental exertion.

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“The scheduling dictates that we don’t have the time to make the changes needed to the playing style and the way we want to go about our business,” he said.

“We’re cramming in and bit by bit and we’re losing more and more players. Suddenly, the task at hand grows and it gets even harder.”

Zadkovich is determined to get results and believes Glory are capable of doing so, provided what is left of his side remains injury free.

Perth Glory take flight to New South Wales to face Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

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Ash Ramos
Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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