Corica hints at Le Fondre injury replacement plans

After Adam Le Fondre limped off in last weekend’s Sydney Derby, Sydney FC fans and coaching staff were all wanting to know if he would be fit for this Saturday’s clash at Allianz Stadium against Brisbane Roar.

With the scans confirming that the former Premier League striker will be sidelined for a number of weeks, attention now turns to finding a solution for that problem, starting this weekend.

And Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica has hinted at the possible combinations that Sydney FC fans could see on the pitch this weekend in that number nine role.

“We’ve got a number of options,” he said. “Robbie Mak’s played there before, Patrick Wood, [Jaiden] Kucharski, and [Alex] Parsons as well against his old club are all options. There’s quite a number of possibilities that we can go with, but we just see how we go over the next two days and then we’ll decide.”

Robert Mak celebrating his goal in Newcastle

With three wins in a row and a massive Sydney Derby victory, the mood is very positive around the Sydney FC training ground.

“It’s been a fantastic week,” said Corica. “The boys are really pumped up after a really good win in the derby, and more importantly, we’ve won three in a row now, which is great for our confidence.

“We’ve seen a lot of positive change in the change room.”

The All Access cameras will be following Andrew Redmayne this weekend

Corica also had words of encouragement for his team’s young forward, Patrick Wood who earlier in the season came in for an injured Le Fondre and found the net two times.


“It’s another opportunity for him to show what he’s got.

“He can score goals, so I think he just needs to show a little bit more consistency when he plays,” Corica said.

Pat Wood on the ball against Macarthur

Having already met this season, Corica believes that they can use the game to their advantage after a poor start made the going tough.

“We were disappointed in the first 15 minutes last time out against Brisbane. We lost concentration and moments in matches and we can’t afford that against a team like Brisbane,” he said.

“They’re very good defensively and they have pace up front as well, so we need to be ready from the start on Saturday.”

Paulo Retre on the ball against Brisbane last time

Regardless of position on the table, every point matters.

“It’s a big game, and we need to keep the momentum going. We’ve won three in a row, and it’s important to keep that going.

“I think mentally we’re in the right place, and hopefully, in front of our home fans, we can put on a good show and continue the winning streak,” he concluded.

Match Details

Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Isuzu UTE A-League Round 17
Saturday 18th February 2023
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Kick Off: 5:00pm AEDT
Gates Open: 4:00pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+
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