Reds face month without key trio

03 January 2018 20:44:48 GMTPlus11

Head coach Marco Kurz admits Adelaide United will be tested by losing three players for potentially the whole of January.

The Reds have seen Paul Izzo, Ben Garuccio and George Blackwood called up by Australia for the AFC U-23 Championships in China. They appealed the decision that forced them to release the trio, but were unsuccessful.

I hope we find the right decisions and the right line-up for the next games.

Marco Kurz

It means they will be down on numbers for the trip to Perth Glory on Friday, where they will bid to bounce back after losing 2-1 to Brisbane Roar last time out.

The fifth-placed Reds are likely to still be without Baba Diawara, but Kurz said the striker had returned to full training.

Johan Absalonsen is available, though still not 100 per cent fit, but midfielder Vince Lia faces an extended spell on the sidelines after sustaining the same knee injury which put him out earlier in the campaign.

Kurz said: "The boys look good, after the game we had a good recovery and a good team meeting about the game. And now we are looking forward to the strong and important away game in Perth."

Speaking of the loss of his three players, the coach said it was a poor decision from Football Federation Australia as the tournament they will be playing in is not a qualifier for the Olympics.

"When the players are away maybe for five games they can lose their starting position and I think we are one of the only clubs with three players who are three starters," he added.

"That's not positive, but I hope we find the right decisions and the right line-up for the next games."

United are 2.50 to beat Perth, who are 2.80, with the draw 3.40.

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