Australian Football: Garcia allays Sturridge injury fears

28 November 2021 22:48:29 GMTPlus11
Sturridge injury free

Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia says star signing Daniel Sturridge was left out of the squad that lost to Western United because he needs time to build up his fitness.

Glory are priced at 14/1 win the 2021/22 A-League grand final and Sturridge will be key to their chances of having a strong campaign.

Surprise omission

Sturridge came off the bench to make his Glory debut in last week's 1-1 draw with Adelaide United but did not even make the matchday squad on Friday night.

That sparked fears among the supporters that Sturridge had picked up an injury already, but Garcia was quick to rule that out after the game.

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The Glory coach again reiterated how important it is to go easy with Sturridge in these early stages to ensure he is fit for the whole season.

"We always had a plan for Daniel to build through," Garcia said after the 1-0 defeat. "Last week it was a hello to our fans but he needs to be able to build nicely and continue to build his fitness.

"He's looking good but we want to make sure that we have him at the right time we don't want to bring him back for the start and then lose him for a long time.

Patience required

"It takes time to adapt not only to the football but also to the life in general. Just travelling alone, the distances we travel in Perth is a new experience for him.

"It doesn't matter how good you are as a player, you are still a person and you still need time to adapt so we want to make sure we respect that time he needs to adapt.

"When he is ready, and we have got him to a point where we feel he is ready, he will be fantastic."

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