Sydney FC is planning to send a message to the rest of the A-League about their finals intentions against Perth Glory on Thursday night – and their skipper Alex Brosque is hopeful he can shake off a badly-bruised heel to be part of it.
Brosque complained of a "jarring-type pain" in his foot after scoring the opening goal in Saturday night's 1-1 derby draw with Western Sydney. He came off at half-time and appears to be in some doubt for the clash at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
"Following the goal I had about 30 seconds worth of adrenaline but once that went it became pretty painful," Brosque said. "It was hard to put any weight at all in it. Hopefully I'll be OK. The physio's quite hopeful. It's obviously sore at the moment but it's something he said can settle quite quickly in 48 hours so hoping that's the case."
The Sky Blues' failure to beat the Wanderers has almost certainly ended their premiership chances, with Perth able to clinch top spot and their first piece of A-League silverware with a win over Newcastle Jets at home on Sunday.
But while they won't be able to haul down the Glory, Brosque believes Thursday's clash is still all-important for Sydney on a number of levels.
First, they must win to maintain their lead over third-placed Melbourne Victory and ensure a top-two finish. Secondly, it's also an important opportunity to land a psychological blow against Perth, who they could very well meet in the grand final.
"It's a massive game," Brosque said. "Heading into the finals this is a game we want to win, just to mentally say a lot to the league about our intentions and again, after dropping points we want to keep that gap between us and Melbourne. I will do everything to be available but in saying that, there is a bigger picture."
As for the derby itself, Brosque believes the feisty nature of the contest was a welcome return to the animosity he said was lacking from the last meeting between the two bitter crosstown rivals.
The Wanderers came out with intent and launched into a series of crunching tackles in an attempt to set the tone, but Brosque's seventh-minute goal – his sixth in the derby – took some ofRead More – Source