Melbourne City are poised to unleash Argentine star Nico Colazo in Wednesday night’s Westfield FFA Cup Final at AAMI Park after he successfully got through a cameo in Sunday's win over Wellington Phoenix.
After missing most of the last seven weeks with a burst ear drum, the former Boca Juniors player was a late substitute in Sunday’s 2-1 win at AAMI Park in the Hyundai A-League.
It was a welcome sight for one of the league’s most exciting loan signings, whose time so far in Australia has been blunted by the unusual injury stemming from City's Round 1 clash.
But now City coach John van ‘t Schip says he is happy with his player’s fitness and could unleash him from the start against Sydney FC on Wednesday night.
“With players like Colazo things can go so quick [with his fitness]. He showed already the first time when he came in not playing a lot of football with Boca Juniors,” van 't Schip said after Sunday’s match.
“He came in here after a short period and started to play against Wellington in his first game. He played in the starting line-up and unfortunately he got this injury.”
“He’s already been in training for two or three weeks. He couldn’t train fully because he couldn’t have any contact.
“When he was cleared from that he’s been in training with the group. He played a game with the youth team – almost 70 minutes.
“He played today, he’s been training very hard and I think he’s very close in playing a lot of minutes again.”
City are aiming to win their first men's trophy on Wednesday night against an opponent that they aren’t taking lightly.
Sydney FC are currently top with City second in the Hyundai A-League.
“We’re a professional club so it’s about winning prizes. We have an opportunity now to win a prize and both teams are desperate to make a point and we want to make a point ourselves.
“Now it’s looking forward to Wednesday and we’ll discuss and look at what will be the best team to start. We know we have a strong bench.
"Today [Sunday] they proved it again; 1-1 and we can put in Tim [Cahill], we can put in Colazo, we can put in Kamau.
“It’s going to be a very tough and interesting game between two teams that are in good form and are confident that they both can win,” the Dutch coach added.
Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016
Melbourne City FC v Sydney FC
Wednesday 30 November 2016
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-Off: 7:30pm AEDT
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