Australian Football: Garcia hints at bench role for Sturridge

19 November 2021 11:18:52 GMTPlus11
Garcia will not take risks

Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia has suggested star recruit Daniel Sturridge will start on the bench in Saturday night's clash against Adelaide United.

Glory are priced at 15.00 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final and their chances of doing so have been boosted by the fact that Sturridge is on board for the season.

Playing it careful

However Garcia is very wary about throwing him straight into the action against the Reds considering he only came out of two weeks of quarantine last week.

Garcia says the 32-year-old is in good shape but if he is to play minutes against the Reds it is likely to be after coming off the bench.

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It is a long season and Garcia wants the strike ace fit and firing for all of it.

"We want to be mindful that he's just got out of quarantine, depending on the flow of the game," he said. "His body's in good shape, he's looking in good shape, it's just more the fact we want to make sure we've got him for the whole season. He will possibly get minutes on the weekend."

Lack of action

Glory have been unable to play pre-season matches against A-League opposition due to border closures and Garcia says they will find out on Saturday what an effect that has had.

"We're confident that we've prepared in the best way possible but you can't prepare for something that you haven't done,"
Garcia added. "I feel that once we get out there, the adrenaline will take over and the boys will be pumped for it.

"They've been hungry for this for the last 16 weeks, it's been a long pre-season.

"So for us to have a competitive game, and especially in front of our home crowd, it's going to be fantastic."

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