Glory play down Andy Keogh AL injury fears

Dec 8, 2017 - 5:25 AM Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has played down fears Andy Keogh has re-injured his groin, saying he's confident the star striker will play against Newcastle on Saturday night.

Keogh has been sidelined since injuring his groin in a 3-1 win over Melbourne City on November 24.

The 31-year-old finished training early on Friday, cutting a frustrated figure as he left the track.

But Lowe said it stemmed from wanting to train longer, not suffering another injury.

However Lowe has a history of playing such issues down.

Both Adam Taggart (hamstring) and Diego Castro (calf) have missed several weeks because of training setbacks, with Lowe initially brushing off concern when questioned.

"He didn't want to come off, that's why he was frustrated," Lowe said of Keogh's exit.

"That's just Andy. It's the way he is. He's an out and out winner.

"Casto and Xavi (Torres) are the same. You play a five-a-side and they're spitting feathers on the way over walking.

"Between here and the change rooms, they're probably muttering under their breath and kicking the odd car as they walk down. It's just their nature, which is a good thing to have."

Castro appears likely to return via the bench after missing three games while Andreu (calf) is also a chance to be included.

Glory slipped to seventh following last week's 1-0 loss to Central Coast but are only two points adrift of fourth.

The second-placed Jets, who lost 2-1 to Melbourne City last week, will be boosted by the returns of star striker Roy O'Donovan (groin) and midfielder Wayne Brown (calf).

Glory played six of their first nine games away but will be at their nib Stadium fortress for the next two weeks.

Winger Chris Harold will notch his 150th A-League match when he lines up against the Jets, with 25 of those appearances coming at the now-defunct Gold Coast.


* Perth have won 11 of their past 12 against Newcastle on home soil, keeping seven clean sheets in that period.

* Newcastle Jets have scored more first-half goals than any other team this season (12). Only one other side has recorded fewer than Glory (4) in the opening halves (Melbourne Victory with 2).

* Newcastle's Andrew Nabbout has been directly involved in more goals (9) than any other player this season (5 goals, 4 assists).

Source: AAP

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