Adelaide United’s injury list is beginning to clear up much to coach Marco Kurz’s delight with long-term absentee Tarek Elrich the latest to return to training.
Elrich has been sidelined since April after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Melbourne City but reached a significant milestone by training with the main group on Thursday.
The Reds have endured a long injury list all season but Kurz has a host of players available again, including Nikola Mileusnic, Taylor Regan, Ryan Kitto and Nathan Konstandopoulos.
In more positive news, Ersan Gulum has also been declared fit after a rib injury scare forced him off in the first half of Sunday’s goalless draw with Sydney FC.
United will also welcome back Paul Izzo, Ben Garuccio and George Blackwood from Australia’s AFC Under-23 Championship campaign where they failed to reach the knockout stage.
“For me, as a coach, it’s the best if I have all players fit in the training,” Kurz said.
“They must perform well to stay in the squad. It’s more of a challenge when I have so many injured players.
“I’m happy we now have more players. I know it’s not always possible to play young players at this level.
“It’s good to know we now have six-seven players more for the squad on Sunday.”
Kurz confirmed imports Baba Diawara and Johan Absalonsen wouldn’t be fit for Sunday’s away trip to Melbourne City, along with Vince Lia and Elrich.
However, the German revealed Elrich’s significant milestone.
“Tarek Elrich has started today training with the group,” Kurz said.
“He can now train the whole volume. It’s good news for us.”