Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau says key Red Isaias Sanchez is fit to face Brisbane Roar for Friday night's Elimination Final, and he's given the Adelaide Oval surface a thumbs up.
Spanish holding midfielder Isaias is a key figure for the Westfield FFA Cup holders and had been in doubt due to an ankle problem.
But after training at Adelaide Oval on Thursday ahead of the eagerly anticipated Elimination Final, Gombau declared the former Espanyol man ready to go.
"Isaias is ok, he will play. He trained today and he's in a good condition," he told reporters on Thursday.
"We hope that if we win, next week he can be available," Gombau said of the powerful striker.As for the task of replacing the central figure in the Reds' potent, mobile attack, the boss backed one of his trio of Spanish forwards to fill the void. "We have players that can play there, we have [Sergio] Cirio, we have Pablo [Sanchez] and we have [Miguel] Palanca … that can play as a [number] nine," he said. "All of these players can do a good job there. I can confident whoever plays in this role, in this position, will do a good job." Adelaide v Brisbane: key match-ups for Friday's final
Gombau also confirmed centre-back Nigel Boogaard and energetic midfielder Jimmy Jeggo are likely to return to the starting XI after being rested to avoid the possibility of picking up a suspension through an accumulation of yellow cards.