Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey is hopeful German playmaker Thomas Broich can shake off a corked thigh in time for Friday’s A-League clash with Perth Glory.
Broich trained separately from the main group on Monday after picking up the knock during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Adelaide United.
Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic (stomach strain) is unlikely to make the trip west after missing last weekend’s clash but Mulvey believes Broich can join his teammates when they fly to Perth on Thursday.
“Ivan, I’ve probably put a pen through his name already. We need to give him time to recover properly,” Mulvey said.
“Thomas I’m more hopeful for. He definitely wants to play. That’s the first point – you’ve got to be strong in your mind.
“Knowing him, his powers of recovery and determination, there’s a good chance he’ll be fit.”
The Roar will train in Brisbane on Thursday before boarding their flight, but Mulvey says that’s an arrangement they’ve become used to.
He said the team travels early when playing the Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand but it wasn’t a consideration when taking on the Glory in Perth.
“We think we’ve got it down pat now with Perth,” he said.
“One of the hardest things with travelling is the training facilities … that makes an impact so we’ll do our training here before we travel.
“There’s been a fair bit of upheaval in Perth but I know (Glory coach) Ken Lowe well … he’s a very passionate man and that’s been shown already. He’s very organised and it seems like the ship has been righted.
“This is going to be a tough game for us, no doubt about it.”