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Australian Football: Sturridge missing for patched up Glory

Perth Glory will be without Daniel Sturridge for the clash against Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday night with coach Richard Garcia saying they have just enough players to fill the bench.

Glory are priced at 10/11 to finish in the top six of the A-League this season and will be aiming to make it back-to-back wins against the Wanderers, who have just appointed Mark Rudan as their new coach.

Decimated squad

Glory's turbulent season was thrown into further chaos following the 2-1 win over Sydney after a host of players became sick forcing the game against Macarthur to be postponed.

They will be able to complete the fixture against Western Sydney but Garcia says they only have enough players to take the 11 starting spots and fill the bench.

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"We are pretty much just just making a bench, just enough to play the game tomorrow," Garcia told reporters ahead of the game.

Sturridge's bad run of luck since signing for Glory continued after he became one of the players struck down by illness and Wednesday's game will come too soon for him.

"It’s going to take him a little while to come back round," Garcia added. "He’s very eager to get back out there. It’s just a matter of us making sure he’s fit enough to compete for a long period of time."

Opportunity knocks

Garcia is also keen to take the positives out of what is a tough situation by saying it presents an opportunity for some of the fringe players to cement their place in the side.

"It’s quite exciting. Guys are going to have to step in and take their chances," he said. "Players will be coming into the side that haven’t played a whole load but the side is still looking pretty good."

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