Sky Blues upbeat over fitness

20 September 2017 03:25:34 EST

Alex Brosque and Michael Zullo both expect to be fit for the opening game of Sydney FC's new A-League season.

The duo were both hurt in the Sky Blues' FFA Cup quarter-final victory over Melbourne City last week.

They are both still nursing ankle problems as they look to regain full fitness ahead of the opening round of the season against Melbourne Victory on 7th October.

Skipper Brosque has yet to return to full training, though he's quite happy with the way his recovery is progressing.

"I'm doing jogging and some cross training stuff. It's feeling quite good, and I'll be aiming to be back for our pre-season game next week to get one more match in before the season starts," he said.

"I feel much better now. I think the first two days were quite painful and sore but the extent of the injury isn't too bad. The swelling has come down, it's feeling a lot freer to walk on and move on so it's good."

Zullo also failed to finish the cup tie, and admitted he was worried when he rolled his ankle but he hoped to return to training by the end of this week.

So far he's been restricted to straight line running and laps, but is almost ready to begin more physical running sessions.

"At the start it was sore but the medical team has been giving me some good treatment," he said. "It's reacted really well, it's not a big deal just a minor one."

Both players said they were certain they would be available to take on Victory when the Sky Blues begin the defence of their premiership and championship.

The Sky Blues are 21/20 to win their first game of the season against Melbourne Victory, who are 11/4, with the draw 12/5.

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