Adelaide duo Reid and Leckie given every chance for this weekend

Adelaide United duo Paul Reid and Mathew Leckie will be given every chance to prove their fitness ahead of this weekend’s vital clash with the Newcastle Jets.

Adelaide United duo Paul Reid and Mathew Leckie will be given every chance to prove their fitness ahead of this weekend’s vital clash with the Newcastle Jets.

The Reds slumped to the bottom of the A-League table after their 2-1 away loss to North Queensland Fury on Saturday night and will be buoyed by the news that Reid is recovering well from an ankle injury he picked up whilst playing for the youth team on Sunday.

“At this stage, it was probably a little bit more negative at the beginning of the week but as the rehab has progressed, it is looking more favourable for them to be involved at the weekend,” said Adelaide assistant Phil Stubbins said after the squad’s session today.

“For Reid, the importance of tomorrow’s session is certainly something that we are looking at, that he can come through, and if he does come through he’ll go close to being available for Friday.”

Teenager sensation Leckie has not been allowed to train at full pace because of knee soreness but Stubbins expects him to be right for the Hindmarsh Stadium clash on Friday night.

“He (Leckie) trained with the group today and got through the session quite well, and we’ll give him every opportunity between now and game day to prove his fitness,” Stubbins added.

He also said the club’s injury list was shortening which could help the team turn around their recent fortunes.

“It’s always nice to have everybody available, that just breeds competition within the squad, but having said that I don’t think it is about any individual at the moment, it’s certainly about everyone trying to play and fulfil their potential,” Stubbins said.

“It’s about us all pulling together and really driving each other to give it everything we’ve got until the end of the season.”

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