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Sydney FC take cautious approach with star


Jack Rodwell’s return to Sydney FC will be delayed until Sunday, with the former Everton and Manchester City star failing to make the trip to Perth for the Sky Blues’ clash with the Glory on Wednesday night.

Rodwell, 33, made just five appearances in an injury-plagued A-League campaign.

Ahead of next month’s AFC Under-23 Asian Cup, in which Sydney are expected to lose at least three players to Olyroos, Sky Blues coach Ufuk Talay is hoping to find the right balance in his use of Rodwell.

“Jack is in great shape and he has been training well,” said Talay, who confirmed on Tuesday that Rodwell had not traveled to Perth.

“The plan is to give Jack some minutes against Newcastle (Sunday) because we may lose a few players to the Olyroos, and the quicker we can get him involved the better for him and the team. »

Rodwell’s absence didn’t hurt Sydney last Saturday night, with Talay’s men putting in one of their best performances of the season to beat champions Central Coast 2-0 at Allianz Stadium.

The challenge now is for the fifth-placed Sky Blues to avoid a mistake at HBF Park against a struggling Glory side who usually rise when playing at home.
“Perth are always a good team. They have very good players,” Talay said.

“At home, they do well, and when they are led, they also come back with the support of the public.

“We have to be wary of the opponent, but the focus is on us, how we want to do things and what we want to do to get the desired result.

“We want to go as far as possible. We know that everything is in our hands.

“We just want to win as many games as possible and finish in the highest possible position to give ourselves the best chance when we go into final football.”

Meanwhile, Sydney FC’s Academy team were beaten on penalties by Everton in the final of the BV 04 Easter under-19 tournament in Germany.

En route to the decider – which ended 0-0 before Everton won on penalties 3-1 – the Sydneysiders beat German sides Mainz (2-0) and Borussia Monchengladbach (3- 2), as well as the Belgian club Royal Charleroi (4-1). and the Danish team FC Nordsjaelland (2-1).

Coach Jimmy van Weeren said: “We have truly put Sydney FC on the map in Europe, not only through the tournament results, but also through the style of play and individual performances of the whole squad.”

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