Wanderers secure Ikonomidis loan

01 February 2018 04:58:13 EST

Western Sydney Wanderers have signed Australia international striker Chris Ikonomidis on loan for the rest of the season.

The six-cap Socceroo is unlikely to be available for Sunday's meeting with Central Coast Mariner, but will provide the Wanderers with more of a goal threat after that.

Josep Gombau's side have only managed 18 goals in 18 games this season and are on a four-game winless streak.

Ikonomidis has been with Lazio since 2013, originally on a youth contract, but has not made a single appearance in Serie A.

He made his senior bow for Lazio in a Europa League game in late 2015, but his only games since then have come on loan with Salernitana and Danish Superliga side AGF.

Ikonomidis made his Socceroos debut before he'd played a senior club game, former coach Ange Postecoglou picking him for a friendly against FYR Macedonia in 2015.

The 22-year-old played his junior football with Sutherland Sharks before moving to Italy in 2013, where he had a successful trial with Atalanta and then caught the eye of Lazio.

He's unlikely to come into the reckoning for Australia's World Cup squad under new coach Bert van Marwijk, but the move back to the A-League will at least put him in the shop window.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Jets will have striker Roy O'Donovan back for the first time in two months when they take on Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

The Irish forward has been sidelined with a groin injury, but his recovery has gone better than expected - the Jets didn't expect him to be available for another month.

He will at least be on the bench against Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium, coach Ernie Merrick has indicated.

O'Donovan scored six goals in seven games at the start of the season for a Jets side that suddenly went from finishing bottom last term to being Sydney FC's nearest challengers.

The Jets are 13/10 to beat the Victory, who are 21/10, with the draw 5/2.

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