Castro cleared to face Wanderers

03 March 2018 06:58:02 EST

Star import Diego Castro is fit for Perth Glory's must-win clash against Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

The Glory midfield general limped off 10 minutes from time in last weekend's 2-1 win over Melbourne City after taking a kick to the calf. It's a calf problem that has troubled the Spaniard for most of the season, with coach Kenny Lowe describing him as playing while only 60 per cent fit.

But he has been cleared to face Josep Gombau's side at Spotless Stadium, where a win would lift Perth to within one point of sixth-placed Wanderers.

Lowe, who will again keep recovering striker Adam Taggart on the bench despite him scoring in the win over City, is relieved Castro has come through training to confirm his availability.

"He never comes off and he never asks to come off, you've got to drag him off, so when he asks to come off you know there's something a little bit not too well," said the coach of his withdrawal against Warren Joyce's side.

"The injury was probably compounded by a kick which is a blessing in a way. It's not a strain, it's an actual kick; they are the easy ones to get away with."

Lowe said that, even at 60 per cent fitness, Castro was good enough to be included.

Taggart's campaign has been hampered by hamstring injuries but, although Lowe says the former Fulham striker is "champing at the bit", he will ease him back from the bench.

"We've just got to be careful how we integrate him. There's a tendency to want to chuck him in there and we don't want him to go back to square one," added the coach.

Perth are 3/1 to beat Wanderers, who are 5/6 with the draw 3/1. The Glory are 5/1 to win by a one-goal margin.

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