If Sydney FC’s ambition of qualifying for a fourth consecutive Hyundai A-League finals series is to be realised it will need all its big guns fit and firing over remaining rounds of the regular season, and the side’s chances of achieving that goal are about to receive a big boost, with exciting midfielder Terry McFlynn ready to return.
If Sydney FC-s ambition of qualifying for a fourth consecutive Hyundai A-League finals series is to be realised it will need all its big guns fit and firing over remaining rounds of the regular season, and the side-s chances of achieving that goal are about to receive a big boost, with exciting midfielder Terry McFlynn ready to make an early return from a knee injury.
After setting the Hyundai A-League alight with a series of sublime performances in the opening half of the season, McFlynn is looking to quickly recapture that form when he makes his return via the Youth League side on Saturday morning in Adelaide.
“The injury is coming along well,” said the 27 year-old. “I was disappointed initially but was focused on getting back to the park. The club-s medical staff have been great and I-m looking forward to playing again, and hopefully I-ll be back in the first team sooner rather than later.”
With the Sky Blues- season on the line, the attacking midfielder is confident they can string a series of victories together and challenge for their second Hyundai A-League title.
“I don’t see why we can’t make the finals,” he said. “On paper we have the best squad in the A-League but have been unfortunate throughout the season with injuries and suspensions. We know what we have to do in the next few weeks and when I look around the change room I believe we have the side to do it.”
Having caught the eye of Northern Ireland selectors prior to his injury, McFlynn knows a strong showing over the next month can only aid his hopes of a call-up to the international arena.
“It has always been my main focus to give one hundred per cent for Sydney, helping them get to the finals and kicking on from there,” he said. “I think international recognition comes from performing for my club so the honour and privilege of international selection will look after itself if I can continue to play well.”
The next hurdle for Sydney is this-weekend-s away clash with league-leader Adelaide United – a challenge McFlynn believes the Sky Blues are definitely up for.
“We’ve had a good week at training,” said McFlynn. “It’s obviously going to be tough, but we have had some good battles down there, winning 3-1 last year. We know what we have to do and the boys are confident.”
Sydney’s Youth League side will also face United on the road on Saturday and if all goes well, the door may open for McFlynn to come off the bench when the senior squad takes to Adelaide Oval later that night for the must-win round-18 meeting with the Reds.