The boys hit the training field today in preparation for Saturday night’s home match against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Training was split up in various groups based on last weekend’s games. One of these groups had players that played 60 minutes or more in either the Hyundai A-League or the Foxtel National Youth League teams. These players had a very light session, worked on some basic skills and finished with a few rounds of football tennis for some lighthearted fun.
The other group consisted of those that received less game time. They worked on fitness, power and finished with an intense small-sided game.
As usual, the keepers trained amongst themselves and went through the paces of a normal training session, before joining the small-sided game.
Unfortunately the big out from training was Osama Malik who sustained a calf injury from Friday night’s game. He’s set to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
Paul Izzo continued his rehab along with Cassio who both trained individually due to calf soreness.
Besides these three players, everyone else amongst the squad is feeling fit and ready for Saturday night’s game.
Speaking to Josep Gombau after training, he said there won’t be any change to his normal plans.
“Even though we lost on Friday, it doesn’t mean we have to change things. Win or lose, that’s football,” said Gombau.
“This week is a long week for us as we have plenty of days to prepare for the game, compared to previous weeks which were shorter.
“In the first part of this week, we will foucs on more physical aspects to our game, and work on power and endurance.
“And the second part of the week, we will prepare for the game agasint Western Sydney.”
The boys will continue training each day this week, with the following sessions open to the general public:
Monday 1 December 2014 - 10:30am @ Croatian Sports Centre
Tuesday 2 December 2014 - 10:00am @ Croatian Sports Centre
Wednesday 3 December 2014 - 10:00am @ Croatian Sports Centre
Thursday 4 December 2014 - 10:00am @ Croatian Sports Centre