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Del Piero in doubt for Mariners test

2 November 2012 07:30

Sydney FC coach Ian Crook will give superstar Alessandro Del Piero every chance to prove his fitness for Saturday's clash with Central Coast.

The Italian has been battling a hamstring injury for the last week and sat out Sydney's final training session on Friday.

Crook has kept the 37-year-old striker in cotton wool for most of the week in the hope he will shrug off the problem and be available for the tough clash with the Mariners.

While the odds of Del Piero starting his fifth straight match appear to be lengthening, Crook remains upbeat and will give the former Juventus star up until kick-off to prove his fitness.

"I'm looking at the positive at the moment, that he is going to be fit," Crook said on Friday.

"He will be given until tomorrow.

"We have rested him up and we are hopeful he will be fine.

"At the end of it, it is a concern (but) he is a good pro and he knows his body.

"We will get medical advice and make that decision (on Saturday)."

Back-to-back wins mean Sydney should be full of confidence for the trip to Bluetongue Stadium but the loss of Del Piero would be a huge blow to their chances against the Mariners.

Graham Arnold's side have started the season in strong form and are unbeaten in their last six games against Sydney.

Already without Pascal Bosschaart, Adam Griffiths, Fabio, Jason Culina and Joel Chianese through injury, Crook admitted his side's poor run of luck with player fitness was frustrating.

"The difficult thing is we haven't been able to put the same side on the park two weeks on the trot for one reason or another," he said.

"Those other five are all progressing well but they certainly won't be available for a few weeks."

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Competition
A-League
Date
3 November 2012
Game week
5
Kick-off
09:30
Half-time
3 - 1
Full-time
7 - 2

Goals

0 - 1
8' Y. Yau
T. Rogić 16'  
1 - 1
S. Ryall (OG) 29'  
2 - 1
D. McBreen (PG) 39'  
3 - 1
3 - 2
4 - 2
T. Rogić 62'  
5 - 2
D. McBreen 65'  
6 - 2
D. McBreen 67'  
7 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
6
4
3
16 22'
14 56'
18
7
10 16' 62'
21
2 39' 65' 67'
Coach: G. Arnold
# Player Bookings
1
2 29' 82'
18 38'
23
25
7
9
22 54'
19
14
21 8' 42'
Coach: I. Crook

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9
12
5
20
# Player Bookings
12
15
24
20

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A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0

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