Le Fondre back in the equation for Western clash

Adam Le Fondre was in fine goal-scoring form prior to getting injured, netting four in the last six matches with the most recent haul coming from a brace against the Central Coast Mariners.

Now that he has done his time on the sidelines, the forward is ready to return against Western United this Saturday at Allianz Stadium.

“I’m feeling really good now, I’m ahead of schedule which is really pleasing to know that my body has responded well and I am looking forward to the rest of the season.

“I think the injury came at a really bad time for me as I was starting to feel like my old self again,” Le Fondre said.

Le Fondre limped off in the Sydney Derby

“It was quite bad for me physically but also mentally so it’s great to be back.”

The 36-year-old has had a storied career which has seen him play across all levels of English football as well as a stint in India and he is thankful that he hasn’t had a major injury rule him out for an extended period of time.

“I’m a terrible watcher of football. I have been quite lucky in my career that I’ve not missed much game time so this one really hurt me.

Adam celebrating a goal

“We were beginning to hit good form and then just having to watch in games like the Derby really hurt,” the striker said.

“You just want to play in games and to be sat there watching is obviously heartbreaking.”

Despite the time off, Le Fondre believes that he is just as sharp as ever.

“I’m never going to lose that and I’ll never have a problem in front of goal. It’s all about getting the fitness back and being a good team-mate.

“I’ve got to get back into the swing of things but I feel fit and if I get chances, I’ll score,’ he added.

Le Fondre has been playing football at the highest level for many years

Prior to his spell on the sidelines, Adam Le Fondre was beginning to form a good partnership with Joe Lolley and Robert Mak and he is excited to continue that this weekend against seventh placed Western United.

“While I was out, Robbie [Mak] was playing in the number nine, and I don’t know what the manager has planned for this weekend but I am just looking forward to working with Joe and Robbie again,” Le Fondre said.

“We were in a good run and the goals were flowing so it’s important that we get back to that and get back to winning ways.”

Le Fondre will be hoping he is selected for Rhyan Grant’s milestone match which will see him notch up 300 Sydney FC appearances on Saturday. Three points are vital for Steve Corica’s men who look to build on their position inside the top six.

Match Details

Sydney FC v Western United
Isuzu UTE A-League Round 22
Saturday 1st April 2023
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Kick Off: 7:45pm AEDT
Gates Open: 4:45pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+ & 10Bold
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