Grant’s Socceroos teammate, Andrew Redmayne, was on the bench against Jordan but was on deck at the club’s Macquarie University base for a light session and is a certainty to don the gloves against Victory.
Zullo, too, will be “involved”, Corica said, with the left-footer back in full training and set to make his first appearance of the new season after overcoming a quad injury.
Victory, in contrast, will have four players – Storm Roux, Kenny Athiu, Elvis Kamsoba and Thomas Deng – away on international duty, exacerbating the injuries to key recruits Andrew Nabbout and Tim Hoogland and the underwhelming starts made by new imports Kristijan Dobras, Midjen Basha and Jakob Poulsen, all yet to find their feet.
Corica said he empathised with his counterpart Marco Kurz, who was incensed last weekend that the Big Blue had been postponed by 24 hours so that Sydney’s Socceroos pair would be back in time to play.
“But we gave them the option to change the game to December where both sets of teams would have had their full players all back and they declined that,” Corica said.
“I can’t understand why they did that but the way it’s worked out now, we have our players back and he’s complaining, I understand that as well. They did have the option.”
Corica expects Victory to deploy experienced winger Robbie Kruse for the first time this season to make up for the shortfall in attacking options available to them.
“They’d be very pleased they’ve got him back – he’s a top player and obviously we need to be aware if he starts. But if he comes off the bench as well he can bring something to their team,” he said.