Socceroo Vidosic racing to be fit to face old team

Corona (right) of the Roar is tackled by Dario Vidosic of the Wanderers during the round 1 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium in Sydney on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AAP Image/Paul Miller) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Corona (right) of the Roar is tackled by Dario Vidosic of the Wanderers during the round 1 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium in Sydney on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AAP Image/Paul Miller) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY PAUL MILLER

Western Sydney Wanderers will give new recruit Dario Vidosic every opportunity to take the field against Adelaide at Coopers Stadium tonight.

Attacking midfielder Vidosic was a late signing as the Australian marquee for Western Sydney, with conditioning staff trying to whip him into shape for his return to Adelaide.

The 28-year-old excelled while at the Reds in the 2012/13 season, scoring nine goals, before a two-year stint at FC Sion in Switzerland.

He'd love to be fit to take on his former club tonight.

"I want to play every minute, but we need to make sure we do what's best for the team and me," Vidosic said.

"It'll be nice to go back to Adelaide - I left there quite successful at the end.

"(But) I'm not too sure (if I'll play)."

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic pleaded with fans of the red and black team to keep the faith, after losing its first game of the A-League season 3-1 to Brisbane last Thursday night.

The Wanderers underwent a massive recruitment drive in the off-season, the club's big signings including Vidosic, Spaniards Alberto, Dimas and Andreu, former Roar players Mitch Nichols and goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, and ace Italian striker Federico Piovaccari.

After a disappointing ninth-place finish last season, Popovic said Wanderers fans need to stay patient as a stack of new recruits form new combinations.

"We haven't hidden away from the fact that it'll take time - we're a work in progress, but that's not an excuse," he said.
"They (Adelaide) are a very good team, they've got a lot of stability in their squad and they play good football.
"But from what we've seen this week at training we'll go there with confidence."


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