Injury-plagued forward Eli Babalj will reportedly train with Western Sydney Wanderers in the upcoming week as the A-League outfit looks to bolster its attack.
Babalj is in the frame for a return to the A-League, according to Fox Sports commentator Dean Heffernan.
“After speaking to Wanderers staff before the game I can confirm Eli Babalj has arrived in the country to trial with the club this week,” Heffernan reported during Wanderers' home clash with Perth Glory on Sunday night.
“He’s a very young, determined player and a No.9 which is what the Wanderers are desperate for.”
A free agent, Babalj now has the chance to fill the shoes of striker Kerem Bulut who was recently released by the Wanderers after a disappointing second stint with the club.
Lachlan Scott, 19, is currently the only available forward to the Red and Black after Brendon Santalab was banned for three weeks.
Babalj was involved in five games for Adelaide United last season, on loan from Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.
However, he injured his ACL in January after a 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar and has not played competitive football since. His contract with AZ was mutually terminated before the beginning of the 2016/17 Eredivisie season.
Babalj, 24, attended a rehab clinic in Antwerp, Belgium, paid out of his own pocket to recover from his injury.
The Bosnian-Australian has enjoyed the most minutes with Melbourne City in 2010-2012 and 2013 with a total of 44 appearances.
But he has struggled for regular first team football in his career after failing to play a senior game for AZ and Serbian side Red Star Belgrade.