The club’s two other Olyroos, goalkeeper Tom Glover and winger Ramy Najjarine “will be in the squad, but I don’t know their physical level … Ramy played another game”.
“Florin is just coming back with the team this week but is not able to start. I hope Richard [Austrian defender Richard Windbichler, who has also missed most of the season] can start with the squad next week,” Mombaerts continued.
City twice threw away two goal leads in a horror loss in Brisbane last week, despite a hat-trick in under an hour by Jamie Maclaren. The Socceroos frontman was returning from a hamstring injury and played barely an hour in that game.
Mombaerts would like to use him for the whole match, but has not made any promises.
In-form Maclaren is the league’s sharpest shooter. He has already netted seven times in three matches this season.
“He is in-form, he had good delivery, especially in the first half. The third goal in the start of the second half was a wonderful action,” Mombaerts said.
“When the delivery is good we know Jamie is a good finishing player.”
City knocked Western Sydney out of the FFA Cup earlier this year but Mombaerts is expecting a very different version of Markus Babbel’s side in their own new home ground.
“Wanderers have changed their system. They are a good team, they try to play totally different to last game. It’s a good challenge to play this team, and I also hope we enjoy this challenging environment,” he said.
Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and also reports on motor sport and horseracing