SUBSTITUTE striker Ranko Despotovic – the man who cannot stop scoring – is set to start his first match for Sydney FC as replacement for marquee man Alessandro Del Piero.
Del Piero is in doubt for next weekend's trip to Gosford to meet defending champions Central Coast Mariners after suffering a 'tingling sensation' in his left leg.
The Juventus great left the field midway through the Sky Blues 2-0 win over Newcastle at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
It could mean an elevation to the starting XI for Despotovic, who came off the bench for Del Piero and scored his second goal in as many weeks.
Asked if the Serb was a chance to be there from the kick-off at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday, Sydney coach Frank Farina replied: "Yeah, definitely.
"We always planned to give him more time this week and it just happened he got a bit more than we were going to give him when Alessandro came off.
"He's good and he's in good condition in terms of shape. He may even start next week but we'll see what happens."
Most pleasing for Farina was the fact the wheels did not fall off once the influential Del Piero left the field.
Sydney continued to try and play football and finished by far the stronger side to make it four wins on the bounce - the first time they have done so in their history.
Their fans are now daring to dream big after seeing their side move into second spot, but Farina is not getting carried away.
"I've always maintained that if you can string two, three, four wins in a row you're going to rocket up the ladder," Farina said.
"It's nice to get four in a row but we're only eight rounds in and we've got to keep going.
"We know within the dressing room and football department what we want to achieve and we know what we have to do to achieve that.
"But there's absolutely no talk about anything else except what's coming next.
"It's nice to be winning though. Winning always breeds confidence."
Meanwhile, Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond conceded it would take some time before the Jets bedded down the new Emile Heskey-Adam Taggart combination up front.
"There were moments there where the combination looked good but it's definitely a work in progress, that type of combination," Van Egmond said.
"The issue that we get is it's such an easy thing to do, to knock in the long ball, because nine times out of 10 he (Heskey) wins that ball in the air.
"But if you do anything over and over from a long ball, which is not really a safe ball where you're going to keep possession, there's also an opportunity of losing that ball.
"We have to get better in the way in which utilise Emile. If you keep overplaying that (long) ball, it becomes easier to pick the second ball up.
"It's (the Heskey-Taggart combination) a little different and we'll have a look at that and decide what to do."
Despite their problems up front, the Jets did create enough to at least steal a point from the match.
"We had enough chances to win the game," Van Egmond lamented.
"There were decent parts when we played quite well and there were other times where I thought Sydney had the ascendency.
"There is still plenty of work for us to get better."