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Australian Football: Glory welcome back Sturridge

Perth Glory will welcome back Daniel Sturridge when they face Brisbane Roar on Sunday but all talk over a contract for next season is on hold for now.

Glory are priced at 9/4 to finish in the top six of the A-League this season and could do with three points to help them start climbing the ladder.

Sturridge return boost

Sturridge has been hit by one thing after another since arriving at the club and has yet to start a game for Richard Garcia's side.

The 32-year-old has been on the sidelines with sickness and was forced to sit out last week's 1-1 draw against the Central Coast Mariners.

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However Garcia has now revealed the striker is back in training and should be able to take his place on the bench when Glory take on Brisbane in Launceston on Sunday.

"It hit him quite hard. He was definitely one of those that took longer to recover," Garcia told reporters ahead of the game. "But now he looks like he's back to his old self. He's had a good week of training. He's been very impressive.

"His minutes will be limited off the bench, but it's rapidly getting closer to getting that start that we want him to have."

Future on hold

Sturridge was Glory's marquee signing and arguably the biggest in A-League history, but through no fault of his own, the move has not gone to plan so far.

The deal was just for one season and although Glory would like to keep him, getting the striker fit, playing and enjoying his football is the number one objective right now.

"We've had a lot of other things to concentrate on so far to this point," Garcia added. "We want to focus on getting Daniel on the park, and focus on him being consistent within the team.

"Then once we cross that bridge, then we can cross the bridge of what we do next season. The biggest thing for me is Daniel comes in and enjoys his football

"If we help him achieve that and he's happy on the park, then we're going to benefit from that with his fantastic quality."

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