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Burns hoping to return for Perth Glory's first A-League final

Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns is hoping he can return to action as the club prepare for their first A-League final.

The Glory managed a sixth-place finish this season and will take on Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand on Sunday in the first finals campaign and Burns is confident he will prove his fitness after missing the past three match with a hamstring injury.

"It's all progressing well, so I'll join into normal training on Monday and hope it holds up through the week and I can be involved come finals football," Burns said.

"They said initially it would take this time, so we'll just have to wait and see."

The skipper also said Perth's form against the Phoenix was solid which gave the squad belief that they can do the job on the weekend.

"I think we've had good form against Wellington," Burns added.

"It's not going to be easy to travel and I'm sure they'll have a fantastic crowd there but I think finals football is anyone's game and we're confident."

Glory coach Dave Mitchell admitted that he was disappointed not to get a home final but said his team was tackling the challenge of going to Wellington's Westpac Stadium head on.

"We were that close to getting a home final, that's the disappointing thing for us," he added.

"It's five hours time zone difference and the flying, so it's not easy but we understand what we're up against and we'll definitely go there to try and win the game for sure."

Andrew Slevison
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