Glory sweat on Andrezinho for grand final

April 19, 2012
By Justin Chadwick

Friday is looming as D-day for Liam Miller and Andrezinho as the Perth Glory pair attempt to prove their fitness ahead of Sunday's A-League grand final with Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

Andrezinho, who injured his groin in last week's preliminary final win over Central Coast, has failed to train all week and is facing an uphill battle to be a part of the Glory squad.

Miller suffered an injury scare at training on Wednesday when he felt hamstring tightness.

The 31-year-old was immediately pulled from the park but subsequent scans cleared him of any damage.

Glory coach Ian Ferguson is confident the former Manchester United midfielder will be fit to take on the Roar.

But it's not looking as rosy for Andrezinho, who will be heavily scrutinised at training on Friday to deem if he's worth the risk.

"Time will tell. Once he's on the training park, we'll see what happens," Ferguson told Perth radio station 6PR.

"Liam was more precautionary. He felt a bit tight in the hamstring and we just decided to pull him off the training track.

"The scans came back OK. There's no tear or anything. We've done the right thing in pulling him off straight away. We're hoping it's just a bit of tightness."

Glory captain Jacob Burns said the team were "over the moon" to make the grand final, and couldn't wait to take on the Roar.

Burns' successful penalty in the shoot-out against the Mariners sealed the win for Perth, and the 33-year-old said the team would be confident of a similar result if the grand final also went to penalties.

"I think in the finals, it's been a huge test of our character," Burns said.

"We've come from behind twice, we've gone through on penalties and we'd be more than happy to go through any way we can just to get our hands on that trophy."