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Australian Football: Sturridge closing on Glory start

Perth Glory will look to give Daniel Sturridge more minutes in Wednesday's clash against Macarthur but coach Richard Garcia says the balance of the side must come first.

Glory are priced at 2/1 to finish in the top six of the A-League and have the chance to edge closer to it when they face the Bulls in Launceston.

Sturridge stepping up minutes

Sturridge is now back fit after recovering from sickness and he played the last 20 minutes as Glory beat Brisbane Roar 2-0 on Sunday.

Garcia is happy with the progress the former Liverpool man is making but says he is not ready to start just yet and will again be on the bench against the Bulls.

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And how many minutes Sturridge gets will depend on the state of the game and how the team is performing.

"He's capable of 30 to 45 minutes or anywhere in that region," Garcia told reporters. "It's a matter of him building him back up to (be in a position) to start.

"We don't want to bring him on just for the sake of it. We want to make sure the guys in there are balanced. It's not about Daniel coming on, it's about the balance of the game and what we do as a squad."

Border boost

Glory have two more games to play in Launceston, their home away from home, but Garcia says the prospect of returning to Perth with the WA borders about to re-open on 3rd March, is a huge boost.

"The border reopening has been a big boost for the group and everyone can see the light at the end of the tunnel," Garcia added.

"Before we knew the border was reopening we had the mindset that we were going to come here and have it as a home away from home and make sure we treat the game as if we were at HBF Park. "We would expect to win games there and we'd try to be on the front foot.

"We've tried to approach both the games and training in that manner and that's something we want to (continue to) do before we head home."

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