Socceroos striker Tomi Juric is pushing to return to competitive action with Swiss club FC Luzern after a proposed switch to Swiss giants FC Basel fell through due to injury.
Juric hasn’t played since Australia’s final 2018 World Cup match, the 2-0 loss to Peru, on June 26 due to knee and hamstring injuries.
The 27-year-old returned to Luzern training a fortnight ago and FTBL understands he is in contention for the club’s league clash with FC Basel on Thursday morning (4am AEST).
Juric had linked up with the Socceroos camp in Turkey earlier this month but was managed by medical staff throughout.
Ironically, Juric almost joined Luzern’s next opponents Basel late last month ahead of the closure of the transfer window but the deal fell through after failing to get medical clearance.
The 20-time Swiss champions are currently languishing in seventh in the 10-team Super League, fresh from a 7-1 loss and boss Marcel Koller had tried to sign Juric in August.
Last month, Juric’s attitude came in for criticism from ex-Luzern and current Western Sydney boss Markus Babbel, while new Luzern boss Rene Weiler called on the Australian to improve his goal return.
Luzern are currently fifth in the Swiss Super League after seven matches.