City wait on Fornaroli's A-League fitness

Dec 31, 2017 - 3:45 AM Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce believes Ross McCormack and Bruno Fornaroli could flourish in the same A-League side - if only his captain could get fit and he could find a way to get them into the same squad.

Joyce has revealed Fornaroli had hit "a snag" in his comeback from a serious ankle injury suffered in the FFA Cup in mid-August.

The Uruguayan striker hasn't played in the A-League at all this season and doesn't seem likely to any time soon.

"He was going fantastically well and then he had a bit of a snag and it puts him back," Joyce said.

"It was just a little bit of pain when he starts doing other things ... you get reactions which is normal.

"It's never a straight line from anybody coming back from long-term injuries ... they have ups and downs."

Joyce wouldn't put a time frame on the golden boot winner's return, but suggested McCormack - in Australia on an injury replacement deal for Fornaroli - could be starting again soon after his knee injury a fortnight ago.

"There's still a little bit of management of the situation needed," he said.

With Tim Cahill's departure, City have toyed with the notion of fitting them into the same squad.

A deal with McCormack and his owners Aston Villa would need to be agreed, as well as the salary cap haranguing.

While Cahill and Fornaroli often looked at odds with each other on the pitch, Joyce said he "didn't see why" the Uruguayan and the Scot couldn't work better together.

"It's something you worry about if it came up," he said.

City face six games in 25 days this month, beginning with a trip to A-League project club Western Sydney on New Year's Day.

Joyce's squad has been hit by call-ups for the under-23 Asian Championships, with key pair Stefan Mauk and Bruce Kamau departing after the Wanderers match, as well unloved defender Ruon Tongyik heading to China for the January tournament.

That's one of the reasons City took a chance on recycled attacker Dario Vidosic, who becomes eligible to play - like new defender Harrison Delbridge - on January 3.

Others could yet join - but Joyce said his focus for now was joining the queue of sides to have beaten Josep Gombau's Wanderers.

"We know how dangerous some of their players can be on the ball," he said.

"We've got to go and make sure we're absolutely bang on."

Source: AAP

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