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Australian Football: Milicic admits Juric frustration

Macarthur FC coach Ante Milicic has admitted his frustration at Tomi Juric's lack of game-time this season as the striker struggles with injuries and lack of fitness.

The Bulls have set their sights on grand final glory in the 2021/22 A-League season and Juric was signed to play a key role in their push for silverware.

Fitness issues

However as things stand the move has not quite gone to plan and Juric has spent more time on the treatment table than he has on the pitch.

The former Socceroos star has made just two appearances as a substitute all season as he has struggled with niggling injuries and also a lack of conditioning.

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The 30-year-old is unable to get to the required fitness level to be able to start a game and Milicic admits that is frustrating for all concerned.

"I rate him extremely highly as not only a footballer but also as a character, as a professional, as well," Milicic told AAP. "When I was putting the squad together we'd always looked at (Craig) Noone, (Ulises) Davila, (Daniel) De Silva and Tomi being in that front end.

"They've all got different qualities that I thought with time together on the field would be quite dangerous in this league. Unfortunately he's given himself or us nowhere near the minutes that we would have liked for him."

Giannou to start

Milicic will again be without Juric for Sunday's clash against Wellington Phoenix but new signing Apostolos Giannou, who will be leading the line and looking for his first goal.

And Wellington boss Ufuk Talay knows his side are in for a tough game no matter who starts.

"He (Milicic) hasn't got the best out of Tomi for whatever reason - I don't know because I'm not there working daily with them - but he's signed another player in Giannou as well," Talay added.

"He's a good quality player and look at the end of the day we need to rely on our structure and our beliefs and the way we want to do things."

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