Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia says he will do his best to “cram” in all of his attacking stars after declaring Andy Keogh a certain inclusion for Friday’s A-League clash with Adelaide United.
Keogh missed Sunday’s 3-1 win over Melbourne City with a tight glute, but he has returned to full training duties and will line up against Adelaide.
Friday’s match will mark the first time this season attacking stars Diego Castro, Keogh, Bruno Fornaroli and Nick D’Agostino have all been fit and available for selection.
D’Agostino has notched four goals in four games in a scintillating start to the season while Fornaroli has scored three goals.
Keogh was instrumental with a series of assists in the first three games while Castro returned from a leg injury against Melbourne City to make it through 64 minutes of action.
Deciding who starts and who is relegated to the bench will be a big headache for Garcia this week.
“You just cram them all in there,” he said with a laugh.
“It’s good to be able to have options. That’s something that we’ve been a bit light on at times.
“We want two great players for every position (throughout the team). That’s slowly coming.”
Glory’s recent hectic schedule of four games in 12 days meant Garcia rotated his squad heavily.
Although Glory will have had a five-day break heading into the match against Adelaide at Coopers Stadium, Garcia is still wary of over burdening his players.
“Now it’s accumulative fatigue,” Garcia said.
“Playing games back-to-back-to-back it takes a little bit longer to recover.”
D’Agostino was publicly criticised by then-Glory coach Tony Popovic for letting his fitness standards slide during the A-League lockdown last year.
The 22-year-old has made important strides since then and Garcia has been impressed by the effort.
“His body and the way he’s improved has been fantastic,” Garcia said.
“And it’s also due to our fitness team who have identified things with him and made him focus on certain areas that he probably wasn’t focusing on before about his body.
“That’s slowly given him the confidence to trust his body a little bit more. He’s been able to back up games and he’s doing really well.
“He needs to continue to grow, not only on the park but off the park with what he does and how he treats his body as far as in achieving what he needs to strengthen.”
Adelaide will be gunning for revenge after being beaten 5-3 by Glory in Perth last month.