Popovic confident on Wanderers' injuries

April 10, 2013
By Angela Habashy

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic says he'll put his injured players through their paces one last time before declaring them fully fit for Friday's semi-final showdown with defending A-League champions Brisbane.

Japanese star Shinji Ono (hamstring), fellow midfielder Aaron Mooy (knee) and defenders Jerome Polenz (quad) and Adam D'Apuzzo (foot) all missed the final game of the regular season through injury.

Mooy trained with heavy strapping on his knee on Thursday but Popovic is confident all will be available for Friday's Parramatta Stadium knock-out clash.

"Everyone at the moment seems as though they will be available which is great news for us," he said on Thursday.

"It would be nice to get another training session in today and just confirm that.

"They all trained the last two days and they all feel confident, but we're not getting ahead of ourselves we want them to complete the training today.

"If they get through that then it's great and we've got a big selection of players for tomorrow."

The table-topping Wanderers secured the Premiers' Plate in the final round with an emphatic 3-0 win over Newcastle and enter the finals series on the back of a 12-game unbeaten run.

Many have questioned whether the week off awarded to the top two teams would halt their momentum, but Popovic said the break couldn't have been better timed.

"You can look at it in many different ways but we've embraced the week off," he said.

"It's helped us get a few bodies back which has been a bonus for us.

"After a long season, the reward was to have a week off and instead of looking at that as a negative we've taken it as a real positive."