Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat said he wouldn’t be surprised if James Troisi makes a remarkable injury comeback to face off in the team’s elimination final on Friday.
Troisi who suffered a hamstring tear in a 1-0 loss to Adelaide United nine days ago is a long shot for the Big V’s finals campaign.
Victory are gunning for their third straight A-League Grand Final appearance after finishing the regular season in third with a 1-0 away win over Western Sydney Wanderers last night.
Muscat described the performance as “half decent” with one of the few highlights, Ola Toivonen’s bullet header in the 22nd minute.
“All our energy and focus will now go into next week," Muscat said.
"Naturally we’ve had some staff instructed to do some work on both possible opponents – that process has started.
“We’ll get back to Melbourne now, recover well, hit the track on Monday. Four good days of training and roll our sleeves up on Friday night.”
Victory will learn if a Melbourne Derby or a Phoenix clash awaits after Perth Glory take on Wellington tonight.
Troisi has chipped in with five goals and eight assists this season and Muscat was reluctant to rule him out for Friday's crunch game.
“He’s working very hard, doing everything physically possible in terms of his rehabilitation to give himself an opportunity," Muscat said of the 30-year-old.
“It’s a shorter week. It’s unlikely, but given the energy he’s putting into rehabilitation I wouldn’t be surprised if he is available. We just keep treating him as he presents on a day-to-day basis and work off that.”
There was no further clarification on the goalkeeper front either with Matt Acton recovering from a collision early in last night’s match.
Acton has made the most of his chance, filling in for establlished custodian Lawrence Thomas when he sustained a knee injury.
Muscat said he was in an enviable position with two goalkeepers fit and fighting for the No. 1 jersey.
“I think it’s a very good position that we’re in,” he said.
“Matty has earned his opportunity and through that opportunity we’ve now established we’ve got two keepers vying for one place – that’s great.”