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Australian Football: Corica facing keeper dilemma

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica admits he faces a selection dilemma with his goalkeepers as Thomas Heward-Belle is battling to hold on to the jersey following the return of Socceroo Andrew Redmayne.

The Sky Blues are priced at 8/1 to win the 2021/22 minor premiership and have climbed to third on the ladder after picking up two wins and a draw from their last three games.

Heward-Belle shines

Redmayne had to give up his place as he jetted off to represent Australia for their crucial World Cup qualifiers and Heward-Belle has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

So much so Corica opted to keep the 24-year-old between the sticks even when Redmayne was back and available for last Friday's clash with Adelaide United.

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Heward-Belle saved a penalty in the 2-1 win at Coopers Stadium and it will now be interesting to see what happens when Sydney take on leaders Western United on Saturday.

"It's a tough one," Corica told AAP. "Redders obviously went away with the national team and he got back the day before in Adelaide.

"It's something I need to make a decision on but obviously it's good competition for Redders as well because Tommy has stepped it up. He's doing a great job and that can only create good competition for places which is what we want."

Amini concerns

Meanwhile Corica also has concerns over the fitness of  former Socceroos midfielder Mustafa Amini who is carrying a knock from the win over Adelaide.

Corica will make a late call on the player with Max Burgess on standby to step in should Amini have to sit out.

"We might have a couple of changes for the weekend's game," Corica added. "We're just giving him (Amini) as much time as we can to see whether he's going to be fit or not for the game and then we'll make them decisions when we know that."

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