Perth Glory are sweating on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge after he reported tightness in his hamstring following Saturday's 2-1 win at Sydney FC.
Glory are targeting the top six of the A-League at the very least and will be praying Sturridge's hamstring issue is nothing more sinister than the tightness he is reporting.
Sturridge played the last 22 minutes, plus added on time against Sydney, and showed signs of the quality he possesses when linking up nicely with Bruno Fornaroli.
However he was left clutching his hamstring after trying to get on the end of a cross that eventually fell to Fornaroli who scored to make it 2-0.
Thankfully he managed to see the game out and was walking freely when signing autographs after the game, which has to be a good sign.
Even so Glory will be keen to give the player a full medical examination ahead of Wednesday night's game against Macarthur FC and will be keeping everything crossed.
If he is passed fit then coach Richard Garcia plans to give him even more minutes in the hope he will soon be able to start.
"We want to build (Sturridge) up on Wednesday again but whether that means a start or not is another thing," Garcia told reporters. "Very pleased with his input. Not only on the park but off the park as well.
"He’s been a good member of the squad and a great guy to have around."
Sturridge came on to the field with Glory leading 1-0 as Garcia decided that attack was the best form of defence, and it paid off.
"We started to get on the back foot and I thought if I brought the strikers on it might actually get us back on the front foot so it was good we capitalised on that and we got another goal," Garcia added.
"It was a good sign for the likes of Andy and Bruno and Daniel that they linked so well."