Injury-hit Daniel Sturridge has no intention of walking away from Perth Glory before the end of the season, coach Richard Garcia has revealed.
Glory are out to finish in the top six of the A-League this season but are not getting much help from Sturridge following a frustrating start to his Glory career.
The marquee signing has yet to make a starting appearance since arriving at the beginning of the season and all of his appearances so far have come from the bench.
Glory have been building up his match fitness following a long spell away from the game, but his progress has been hampered by illness, enforced breaks and now injury.
Sturridge picked up a groin injury in the 1-0 defeat to Macarthur on Wednesday night and is looking at least a few weeks on the sidelines.
It kicked off suggestions that Sturridge could decide to call it a day and walk away from the club following all the setbacks, but Garcia says that is not the case.
Instead the player is determined to knuckle down, return to fitness and at least see the season out.
"I don't think Daniel wants to stop playing at this point," Garcia said. "He feels like he's got more to give, and he wants to give more to the team and the club. That's something that's very admirable.
"His willingness to go to the next step of this period is fantastic, because he could have easily have said, 'It's all getting too much, I'm going to take off'.
"But he's not. He's going to stick around and he's going to try his hardest to get back for the group."